Eliminate large single-use plastic confectionery tubs at Christmas

Eliminate large single-use plastic confectionery tubs at Christmas

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Roland Gilliam started this petition to mars and

In the months running up to Christmas, the entrances and shelves of supermarkets and other food retailers become filled with huge stocks of large plastic tubs of popular confectionery such as Celebrations (Mars), Quality Street (Nestlé), Roses (Cadbury's) and Heroes (also Cadbury's). 

They are priced very attractively, and although the weight of the contents has reduced gradually over time, they are still presented as good value: typically a tub costs a maximum of £5, and often less with multi-buys such as two for £9, or even three for £10. 

The environmental impact is my primary concern:

  • The tubs are made from plastic and not easily recycled (they used to be packaged in metal tins but plastic is cheaper to make and ship) 
  • The confectionery items within are made from plastic (e.g. cellophane), foil, or a combination of the two and are not easily recycled, if at all
  • Packaging makes up an average 20% of the total weight of the bestselling Christmas chocolate selection boxes, a recent investigation has found-  see here.

I'm no saint and have bought several of these tubs over the years; they are a Christmas tradition and our first tub is opened when we are filling the pockets on the beautiful cross stitch Advent Calendar that my mother made for her grandchildren. After Christmas they find their way into the garage for storing nuts and bolts, or bike parts. But I have a surplus and it is not realistic to imagine that everyone who buys these tubs reuses them. The reality is that most will be disposed of and, because of the difficulty recycling them, they will end up in landfill or incinerated.

The best outcome of this petition would be that the big manufacturers stop producing these plastic tubs but instead sell the festive selections in cardboard boxes, and that the wrappers of the chocolates/sweets inside are easily recycled.

This petition is not about spoiling Christmas for everyone! I understand, and have participated in, the tradition of consuming too many sweet treats. But we should have the possibility to do so without the environmental damage these products cause. It is too difficult to buy these products in a format that would do less damage to our planet and use less resources.

I would like you to join me in urging the main producers, Cadbury's, Mars and Nestlé, to accelerate their progress towards eradicating this type of packaging and introducing environmentally friendly alternatives.

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