Luxury condiment maker, Stokes Sauces, has announced the launch of a squeezy sauce bottle which is made entirely from recycled plastic.
Stokes is thought to be the first condiment brand to launch a 100% recycled plastic bottle in the UK. The bottle is also 100% recyclable, and the game-changing move is an integral part of the company’s goal to become a “zero to landfill” business by 2021.
While the ongoing global fight against COVID-19 continues, plastic usage remains a critical environmental issue. Figures show that 89% of the UK believe packaging should change to become more sustainable. Meanwhile, more than half (55%) of the UK population believe that plastic bottles should contain at least 50% recycled content. However, the average proportion used by businesses stands at just 15%.
Recent figures have also revealed recycled plastic could supply 71% of the UK’s demand for the raw materials required for plastic packaging and products.
The new recycled bottle will be used for all of Stokes’ products which are currently available in its original ‘squeezy’ bottle – Tomato Ketchup, Reduced Sugar Tomato Ketchup, Real Mayonnaise, Brown Sauce, Original Barbecue. As the recycled bottles roll out across the UK, Stokes Sauces’ Real Mayonnaise will be available in Sainsbury’s, while the brand’s Tomato Ketchup and Reduced Sugar Ketchup will be appearing on shelves in Waitrose for at least a limited time. The recycled bottles will also be stocked by Ocado, Nisa, Costcutter, Spar, Booths, East of England Co-op stores as well as many independent grocery stores, farm shops and delis in the coming weeks.
Commenting on the move, Founder and Managing Director of Stokes Sauces, Rick Sheepshanks, said: “These are tough times while we battle the COVID-19 pandemic, but we felt very strongly that we needed to press ahead with this important change. We are facing a monumental plastic problem on a global scale and our responsibility to do more when it comes to reducing our plastic usage has not gone away. We all have a responsibility to abolish waste in the world and that is our target at Stokes Sauces.
“The new plastic does have a slightly darker tint which, particularly for the mayonnaise, means the product looks a little different. We have had to take a deep breath before making this move and trust our customers to continue to support us, but I can reassure you that the condiments inside remain as delicious as ever. Of course, the plastic we’ve used for the new bottles is completely food grade certified.
“We know we’re doing the right thing by our customers and our planet, and continue on a journey to examine every part of how we run our business to minimise our impact as much as possible.”
The new packaging is made from food grade recycled PET plastic (rPET) and is also fully recyclable. The bottle includes clear messaging on the label explaining why the plastic has a slightly darker tinge – an inevitable result of using recycled materials.
As well as helping to minimise waste, rPET also has a much lower carbon footprint than virgin PET plastic.
Stokes Sauces also produces a wide range of other products in glass jars and bottles. Based in Suffolk, Stokes was founded in 2004 by Rick Sheepshanks. He created Stokes’ famous Tomato Ketchup when he was trying to encourage his young daughter to eat more vegetables and from there expanded into a variety of other sauces, condiments, relishes, chutneys and dressings. Stokes continues to make the very best sauces available, using only the best quality ingredients.
For more information on Stokes Sauces visit www.stokessauces.co.uk.
Stokes Sauces was founded in 2004 by Rick Sheepshanks when he created their first product – their luxurious Real Mayonnaise. He created Stokes’ famous Tomato Ketchup when he was trying to encourage his young daughter to eat more vegetables and from there expanded into a variety of other sauces, condiments, relishes, chutneys and dressings. Stokes is a food business born from the belief that food should be honest, simple and delicious. Stokes carefully creates unique recipes, using great quality real food ingredients for real food flavours. Its aim is to make the very best sauce available. Whether it be Tomato Ketchup, with 200g of Italian Tomatoes to every 100g of sauce or Stokes Real Mayonnaise, made with free range eggs and extra virgin Koroneiki olive oil, there really is no cutting corners.
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