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British Museum shops to introduce compostable sweet packaging

The British Museum shops are to starting phase out some single use packaging for sweets and introduce a compostable alternative to its shelves.

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British Museum shops to introduce compostable sweet packaging

In partnership with supplier Calico Cottage's new brand, The Cambridge Confectionery Company, The British Museum will start to phase in impulse bags of sweets which are wrapped in compostable, transparent packaging which breaks down and disappears in soil in six to 12 weeks.

Angela Pountney, retail buying manager for the British Museum shops, said: "When Calico Cottage presented an opportunity to reduce single use plastics in our shops, and help reduce the impact on our environment, we leapt at the chance. We are pleased to be able to offer our customers the sweets they love without the negative implications of single use plastic bags and be at the forefront of this initiative."

The new bags are fully certified and manufactured from sustainably sourced trees, which are converted into pulp and then a liquid cellulose solution. This is then made into a transparent solid film, which is coated and cut to size.

There are 32 packets in the new range with each retailing at £3 each.

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