One of the smaller pieces of plastic that consumers handle on a regular basis may be on its way out.
Two major New Zealand bakeries have announced that they are eliminating plastic bread closures in favor of recyclable cardboard ones.
George Weston Foods is ditching plastic tags a day after major competitor Goodman Fielder announced the same measure, according to the website Stuff. George Weston said the change would eliminate 18 million of the tags to begin with, and ultimately remove 75 million.
While the tags are small, they represent 26,250 kilograms of plastic for the company.
Yakima, Wash.-based Kwik Lok Corp., founded by plastic bread tag inventor Floyd Paxton in 1954, has already been working toward producing more sustainable closures, through both bio-based plastic options and new fiber-based tags.
Our sister paper Sustainable Plastics spoke with Paxton's three granddaughters who now oversee the business for its latest issue, now available to download.
"That is why we introduced Fibre-Lok in European markets this year, a home and commercially compostable cardboard solution for bag closures for those that have plastic elimination as their top priority," Kimberly Paxton said. "And beyond that, there's also the environmental side of it. How are we going to solve the problem of trash as well as the impact of not only the things we're producing but also the production process?"