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The Guardian newspaper switches from plastic to biodegradable wrapping

UK national newspaper The Guardian has scrapped its polythene packaging in favour of a compostable wrapping made from potato starch, in a bid to reduce its plastic waste.

Natashah Hitti
UK national newspaper The Guardian has scrapped its polythene packaging in favour of a compostable wrapping made from potato starch, in a bid to reduce its plastic waste.The publication’s weekend print edition comes with a variety of supplements that have, up until now, been contained in a polythene wrapping to ensure they reach their audience intact.

Readers of last weekend’s edition will have noticed a difference, however, as the newspaper and its additional inserts were packaged inside a silky translucent, biodegradable material made from potato starch.

New packaging should be composted not recycled

As the packaging instructs, consumers should not recycle the wrapping, but should rather dispose of it in either a home compost heap or a food or garden waste bin.

Devoid of any genetically modified substances, the packaging is said to completely compost within six months.

According to The Guardian, the choice to scrap the plastic packaging will make it the first national newspaper to switch to biodegradable wrapping.

According to the BBC, some other publications have already moved to potato starch packaging, including the National Trust members’ magazine and the New Internationalist. The Financial Times meanwhile doesn’t use any plastic packaging for home deliveries of its papers, or in newsagents.

The Guardian's packaging will now be made from a potato starch-derived material rather than polythene
The Guardian’s packaging will now be made from a potato starch-derived material rather than polythene

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