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Less plastic, more fantastic at Milestone

A thriving independent supermarket in Northern Ireland has stepped up their contribution to sustainability with the introduction of new plastic free containers.

Milestone Rathfriland Nisa Extra, is now selling a large proportion of their take home meals in new Vegware packaging, which is made entirely out of plants and is 100 per cent recyclable.

The containers are transparent and look just like ordinary plastic but are made from renewable, lower carbon or recycled materials, and can all be commercially composted with food waste. 

Noel Hadden, general manager at Milestone, said: “Our fresh food and meal solutions are the reason shoppers visit us and there is an increasing expectation that we will do more to support sustainability

“The long-term plan is to use recyclable packaging on all of our products that we make on-site, but we are introducing it gradually.”

Take home soup mixes, casserole packs and side dishes such as coleslaws are just some of the products now sold in Vegware packaging with more to be converted over the coming months.

“The plant-based containers are more expensive than traditional plastic ones, but we don’t want to pass that on to our customers and so will eventually replace plastic with Vegware over time.”