Styropack challenges B&Q 'teabag' push

Polystyrene remains a good material for bedding plant packaging, says Styropack managing director Richard Lee following B&Q's decision to drop the material in favour of "teabag technology", which uses coir instead of peat and a biodegradable pot.

Speaking to Packaging News, Lee said: "We applaud innovation and product development. However, I strongly object to the way B&Q is using its massive marketing might to criticise polystyrene.

He said polystyrene is 98 per cent air, the manufacturing process uses steam, has a low energy use and is 100 per cent recyclable, with a free scheme run by Styropack at its HQ in Southampton.

He challenged B&Q to a life cycle analysis of the teabag product against a polystyrene tray, suspecting that importing coir from Sri Lanka "will add a considerable negative in terms of fuel consumption".

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