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Tulip has pledged to make all of its plastic packaging recyclable or compostable by 2025

Pork giant Tulip has joined the ranks of meat processors committing to cut down on plastic usage and food waste as part of a new corporate social responsibility policy.

The Danish Crown subsidiary has partnered with Wrap, Friends of Champions 12.3 and FareShare to deliver on its pledges, which include making all plastic packaging recyclable or compostable by 2025.

Tulip has also committed to using an average of 30% recycled content in its plastic packaging and will eliminate single-use plastics in its supply chain over the next seven years, signing Wrap’s Plastics Pact. The move adds to its pledge as a voluntary signatory of Courtauld 2025 to reduce the resources it uses to produce food by 20% in the same timescale.

The company has joined the Friends of Champions 12.3 network, supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal to reduce global food waste by 50% by 2030.

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Wrap welcomed the supplier’s commitments, which sees it join governments, citizens and businesses to transform the way plastic is used in the supply chain to help it retain its value and avoid pollution.

“Our role as farmers and food manufacturers is to feed the world sustainably and responsibly for generations to come,” said Tulip’s head of CSR Andrew Wright.

“Our CSR policy will provide a clear set of values to help us further inspire trust and loyalty from our people and partners, reaffirming our commitment to working in local communities and supporting our aim to be a preferred employer of choice.”

Based on research by Wrap showing 100,000 tonnes of edible pork products were thrown away each year in the UK between 2007-2015, Tulip has renewed its agreement to supply food redistribution charity FareShare with surplus generated at its production facilities.

This is a key issue to address given the economic, social and environmental cost of food waste, and one which resonates strongly with our commitment to move towards a circular economy,” added Wright.

“In addition, our renewed partnership with FareShare will help us ensure all edible surplus food within our operation feeds people rather than going to waste.”