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Waitrose ban on kids’ magazines with disposable plastic toys inspired by campaigning 10-year-old

Written by on 23 March 2021

Waitrose has said it will no longer sell children’s magazines containing plastic disposable toys – a move inspired by a campaigning 10-year-old from Wales.

Skye, from Gwynedd, is on a crusade to persuade publishers to stop giving away the items.

And the retailer has backed her campaign, agreeing that many of the freebies have a very short lifespan and cannot easily be recycled.

Over the next eight weeks, it will be removing magazines containing the free toys from its shelves, and is urging publishers to replace “pointless plastic” with sustainable alternatives.

Waitrose Image: It is the latest move by Waitrose to cut down on single-use plastic

The ban will not include educational or reusable craft items which are designed to be used many times, such as colouring pens and pencils, and collectable models.

Marija Rompani, partner and director of sustainability and ethics at Waitrose, said: “While we know these magazines are popular with children, some of the unnecessary plastic attached to them has become really excessive.

“Many in the younger generation really care about the planet and are the ones inheriting the problem of plastic pollution.

“We urge publishers to find alternatives, and other retailers to follow our lead in ending the pointless plastic that comes with children’s magazines.”

The retailer has written to magazine distributors giving them eight weeks’ notice of the policy, asking for alternatives to plastic toys and warning that they will not sell copies which contain the disposable items.

It is the latest move by the supermarket to cut down on single-use plastic, which has also seen it end the sale of Christmas crackers with plastic toys or glitter, and has a push to make all its own-label packaging recycled, reusable or home compostable by 2023.

Sky News is set to launch the first daily prime time news show dedicated to climate change.

Hosted by Anna Jones, The Daily Climate Show will follow Sky News correspondents as they investigate how global warming is changing our landscape and how we all live our lives.

First airing on Wednesday 7 April, the show will also highlight solutions to the crisis and show how small changes can make a big difference.