SCOTTISH SEA FARMS WINS M&S INNOVATION AWARD

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SCOTTISH SEA FARMS WINS M&S INNOVATION AWARD

Scottish Sea Farms has been recognised at the M&S Select Farm Awards 2019 for its work to reduce polystyrene, one of the most widely used plastics.

As the exclusive supplier of M&S farmed salmon, Scottish Sea Farms has been working with the major UK retailer to reduce the use of expanded polystyrene (EPS) packaging, the preferred material for transporting fresh produce, owing to its lightweight insulating properties. As a single-use packaging solution with limited options for recycling, EPS is not without an environmental footprint.

Commenting on winning the Innovation Award, Scottish Sea Farms’ processing manager, Donald Buchanan said, “This latest collaboration takes us another step forward in our drive to reduce the use of plastics in our activities and has been made possible thanks to the support and cooperation of the entire supply chain.”

A study commissioned by Scottish Sea Farms and undertaken by the Caledonian Environment Centre at Glasgow Caledonian University found that replacing EPS boxes with returnable and reusable bulk bins would not only eliminate more plastic, but it would also significantly reduce the carbon used throughout the product's life cycle.

Following trials and investment in new equipment and processes, Scottish Sea Farms first introduced bulk bins to M&S deliveries in June 2017. To date, over 780,000 polystyrene boxes have been replaced as a result, saving an estimated 4,100 tonnes of CO2.

Scottish Sea Farms is now exploring new eco-friendly packaging solutions for its export customers, along with diverting potential waste into valuable by-products.

2019-07-02 14:24
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