The supermarket said it had already removed 65% of black plastic from its fruit and vegetable packaging and its latest announcement would also impact meat and fish. Black plastic trays were in the spotlight last March after it was revealed that the packaging wasn’t being recycled due to a colourant that isn’t being detected by recyclers. Carbon black makes the trays invisible to sorting machines and around 1.3bn trays are sent to landfill or incineration each year.
The retailer said that paper and pulp trays, as well as paper bags, would replace plastics as they would be recyclable. Iceland also claimed that in a survey of 5,000 people, 80% said that they would back a move to go plastic-free. Iceland added that as a result of a supermarket’s plastic-free stance, 91% would be more likely to encourage friends and family to shop there. It also said that nearly 68% of consumers surveyed should follow this lead.
According to a report in The Guardian, the vice president of the European Commission Frans Timmermans said that the priority to clamp down on single-use plastics. The report added that the EU is to launch a strategy designed to tax “damaging behaviour” and invest €350m in plastics production research. Timmermans added: “If we don’t do anything about this, 50 years down the road we will have more plastic than fish in the oceans.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".