Co-op is one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives with interests across food, funerals, insurance and legal services. Owned by millions of UK consumers, the Co-op operates over 2,500 food stores, over 800 funeral homes and provides products to over 5,000 other stores, including those run by independent co-operative societies and through its wholesale business, Nisa Retail Limited. As a recognised leader for sustainability, Co-op exists to meet members’ needs and stand up for the things they believe in.
100% of Co-op’s own-brand food packaging is recyclable, at kerbside or through their soft plastic recycling bins in stores. Co-op continue to improve recyclability by working with suppliers to develop single-material flexibles and removing colour from rigid plastics. Alongside recyclability, Co-op look to prioritise the use of recycled content. All their PET bottles for water, soft drinks, mixers and juices contain 100% recycled content and their PET bottles, pots, tub, trays and punnets contain a minimum of 50% recycled content. Looking forward, they are planning the delivery of deposit return schemes and trialling the use of digital track and trace technology to gather information on recycling rates and support a model for digital DRS.