COMMUNITY | Staff Reporter, Australia

Oliver's Real Food removes plastic cutlery from its outlets

This is part of their initiative to be a zero-landfill company by 2020.

Oliver’s Real Food has announced they will not be distributing plastic cutlery anymore, replacing it with sustainably sourced wooden cutlery from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified birchwood.

The company said that the phase-out has been done since November and is part of their initiative to be a zero-landfill company by 2020 through the Project Packaging campaign, where they aim to replace all single-use plastic packaging with biodegradable or compostable packaging solutions.

Oliver’s Real Food plans also plans to offer in-store refuse stations where customers can separate their compostable waste from recyclable items.

“Sustainability is top of mind for Oliver’s and our customers. We need to live up to our company values, and our waste and plastic reduction initiatives are a great start. These have been brought about by our customers and employees telling us we can do better in this area,” Greg Madigan, Oliver’s Real Food CEO, said in their announcement.

“We know the replacement of plastic straws and cutlery is just a small step, but it is the start of a much larger project which will result in a significant amount of single-use plastic being avoided,” he added. 

(Photo credit: Oliver's Real Food Facebook)

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