First recyclable bread tag launches in Australia

In an Australian first, 11 million plastic bread tags will be removed from local waste streams by the end of 2021 with the introduction of 100 per cent recycled and recyclable cardboard bread tags.

Tip Top is the first in Australia to move to 100 per cent recyclable bread tags made from 100 per cent recycled cardboard.

Launching on South Australian shelves, the initiative will remove 11 million plastic bread tags from local waste streams by the end of 2021 and will eventually eliminate over 400 million plastic tags per year as they roll out nationally.

Paul Klymenko, CEO of Planet Ark said small plastic items such as bread tags are problematic in the waste system.

“It is great to see this innovation by Tip Top in using 100% recycled content which can then be recycled when placed in kerbside recycling correctly,” he said.

“It is pleasing to see circular economy thinking being applied as they are designing out problematic plastic waste and keeping resources in use.”

Tip Top encourages consumers to recycle their cardboard bread tags in kerbside recycling bins by tucking the tag securely inside other paper or cardboard products, such as an envelope or paper bag, giving them the best chance of being recycled into a new product rather than being sent to landfill.

“Our goal is that by 2025, all Tip Top packaging will be 100 per cent recyclable, reusable or compostable to help close the loop,” Graeme Cutler, Director of Sales and CSR Lead, Tip Top ANZ said.

“Developed and produced through rigorous testing, the new sustainable bread tags promise no compromise on freshness and taste. Customers can expect to be provided with the same Tip Top quality that millions of Australians enjoy freshly baked every day and have trusted since 1958,” said Cutler.

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