Kruidvat has announced that it will replace the iconic plastic candy cone with a more sustainable paper version. The store chain reports that the decision was made to ban the plastic cone due to the large amount of waste generated annually, with over 8 million pieces used each year. By switching to a paper bag, Kruidvat claims to save approximately 32,000 kilos of plastic every year.
The replacement of the plastic candy bag is just one part of Kruidvat’s broader sustainability strategy. According to the store chain, the switch to a paper bag is an initiative aimed at making packaging and products more eco-friendly. “The paper bag is one of many initiatives we are taking to reduce our environmental impact,” says Leendert van Bergeijk, sustainability manager at Kruidvat.
By making this change, Kruidvat hopes to reduce the amount of plastic waste in Belgium and the Netherlands. In fact, if you were to line up all the plastic candy bags that Kruidvat replaces each year, you would get approximately 4,000 kilometers worth of waste.
While this change may be difficult for some customers who are used to scooping their sweets into a plastic cone, it is an important step towards reducing our reliance on single-use plastics and protecting our environment for future generations.