The plastic packaging tax came into effect on 1st April 2022.
This new tax applies to plastic packaging produced or imported into the UK that does not contain at least 30% recycled materials.
The rate of the tax to businesses who sell plastic is two hundred pounds per metric tonne of plastic packaging.
It is hoped that it will provide a clear incentive for businesses to use recycled materials in the production of plastic packaging, which will create greater demand for this material and in turn stimulate increased levels of recycling and collection of plastic waste, diverting it away from landfill or incineration.
Given that we are proud to be a plastic minimal (working towards plastic free!) company, we are excited about these latest developments as we hope it will encourage other companies - specifically in the skin care industry where plastic pollution is a serious concern - to not only increase their recycling but consider plastic alternatives.