New program delivers food in reusable packages in order to fight plastic pollution

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The old milkman method is coming back to Canada in a new form as some of the country’s biggest food manufacturers plan to participate in delivering items in reusable packages in order to combat plastic pollution.

Similar to the way milk was delivered to people’s doorsteps many years ago, a new program called Loop hopes to adopt the method in a modern way for food deliveries.

After consumers are done consuming their delivered food or beverage, the reusable package will be collected, cleaned, and shipped back to the manufacturer where the package will be refilled and sent out once again.

Consumers can browse a wide variety of products, including big name brands like Kraft Heinz.
(Photo: Courtesy of the Canadian Press/HO)

Some of the food manufacturers and brands that will be featured in the program include Kraft Heinz Canada, OceanSpray, President’s Choice, and many more. 

According to Loop Canada’s official website, they “reimagined the weekly shop,” and stated that the packaging can be reused multiple times.

Consumers can browse from a variety of items on the website, including Kraft Heinz ketchup, President’s Choice lemonade, and Häagen-Dazs ice cream, to name a few.

The idea behind the new system is to eliminate plastic pollution. “It’s no secret that our addiction to single-use packaging has resulted in a lot of unintended consequences” the website reads.

Through purchasing items via Loop, consumers can feel good about protecting the environment, as single-use plastics can clog up landfills and oceans

Loop’s partner company, TerraCycle, is a global recycling organization whose mission is to “eliminate the idea of waste” for good. 

On October 2, 2019, the City of Toronto declared a climate emergency and in July of 2017, approved an initiative called TransformTO, a climate action strategy with long-term climate goals which hopes to divert 95 per cent of waste from landfill by 2050.

 

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