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UK’s Guardian newspaper switches from plastic to biodegradable potato starch wrapping

UK national newspaper The Guardian has scrapped its polythene packaging in favour of a compostable wrapping made from potato starch, in a bid to reduce its plasticwaste.

The publication’s weekend print edition comes with a variety of supplements that have, up until now, been contained in a polythene wrapping to ensure they reach their audience intact.

Readers of last weekend’s edition will have noticed a difference, however, as the newspaper and its additional inserts were packaged inside a silky translucent, biodegradable material made from potato starch.

As the packaging instructs, consumers should not recycle the wrapping, but should rather dispose of it in either a home compost heap or a food or garden waste bin.

Devoid of any genetically modified substances, the packaging is said to completely compost within six months.

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