29.11.2021 – 08:30
Deutsche Umwelthilfe eV
- 150 million one-way plastic pallets for transporting plants cause mountains of rubbish to grow, especially during Advent
- Reusable transport packaging saves resources, protects the climate and is also financially worthwhile for retailers
- Deutsche Umwelthilfe calls on the new traffic light coalition to set a deposit of at least 20 cents on one-way pallets
During the Christmas season, more than 30 million poinsettias and many other plants are bought in Germany every year. This not only creates a festive atmosphere, but also leads behind the scenes to large mountains of plastic waste. Because 95 percent of the environmentally and climate-damaging disposable plastic pallets are used to transport the plants from the producer to the dealer. The German Environmental Aid (DUH) therefore calls on DIY stores, supermarkets, discounters and plant dealers to finally use reusable alternatives to protect the climate and resources. The environmental and consumer protection association sees the new traffic light coalition as having an obligation to drive this change forward with legal requirements. A fee on one-way pallets of at least 20 cents would take effect quickly. A mandatory reusable quota for transport packaging is also expedient.
“Large supermarket chains or hardware stores can talk so much about avoiding waste and climate protection – as long as they don’t implement the simplest things, it’s pure hypocrisy. Especially when transporting plants from the producer to the retailer, where the paths are usually repeated, reusable pallets can easily be used Reusable transport containers have long been the rule for cut flowers. But when transporting plants, 150 million one-way plastic pallets keep the mountains of rubbish growing every year, especially during Advent & Co. finally put a stop to it with a one-way fee “, demands the deputy DUH federal manager Barbara Metz.
Reusable transport packaging can be reused hundreds of times and causes around 30 percent less CO2 than single-use packaging. Nevertheless, they have so far led a niche existence in the plant trade.
“Consumers want to beautify their living room with the purchase of poinsettias, amaryllis and Christmas roses and not have to worry about lots of plastic waste. At Lidl alone 7.5 million single-use plastic trays are disposed of each year, at the toom hardware store it is as much as 8 million. And also Companies such as Ikea, who are praised as supposed sustainability leaders, rely on disposable and thus harm the environment. There have long been practicable reusable solutions. The only thing that is lacking is the will of retailers to implement their own environmental promise. That is absolutely incomprehensible “, criticizes the DUH head of circular economy Thomas Fischer.
In addition to the ecological advantages, it is also worthwhile for retailers to rely on reusable transport packaging from an economic perspective. Using them is half the cost of buying new one-way packaging all the time.
Barbara Metz, Deputy Federal Manager
0170 7686923, [email protected]
Thomas Fischer, Head of Circular Economy
030 2400867-43, 0151 18256692, [email protected]
030 2400867-20, [email protected]
Original content by: Deutsche Umwelthilfe eV, transmitted by news aktuell