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Pret aims for "fully biodegradable" packaging

Caterer Pret a Mangerslong term goal is to ensure that all of its products are biodegradable.
In an effort to adopt more sustainable business practices the sandwich business wants to reduce its waste.

Pret head of sustainability Nikki Fisher told MRW: In the long term our goal is to be fully biodegradable. We think that this is the best way forward even better than recycling. We would love to go fully biodegradable and ensure that all our products can be composted. But systems are set up for materials to be easily recycled at the moment and there is not a big industrial industry for composting.

Fisher also said that cost was a big barrier to implement a system where all of Prets packaging could be biodegradable.

Pret tried to use the controversial polylactic acid (PLA) biopolymer in some of its packaging but abandoned this use of material after it found it caused environmental problems (see MRW story).

The firm has already set up recycling facilities in all of its shops. One bin is for packaging and one for food waste. Food waste that is edible goes to homeless charities in London but Fisher said: A small percentage of food waste that goes into the bin is sent to landfill which is a challenge to recycle.

Pret is making moves to do a composting trial in February to tackle its food waste. It is also looking at its sushi packaging and trying to make it 100% recyclable.

Image;Pret a Manger shop

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