Steve backs campaign to end plastic packaging in supermarkets
Steve Reed has joined 200 MPs in calling on supermarkets to eliminate plastic packaging from their products.
MPs signed a cross-party letter sent to supermarket bosses by Catherine West MP and Sue Hayman MP, Labour’s shadow environment secretary.
The letter calls on the major supermarkets to reduce plastic packaging used on own-branded products, and to follow the supermarket Iceland in eliminating the use of plastic packaging by 2023.
The UK’s supermarkets produce more than one million tonnes of plastic packaging each year, according to Greenpeace. The impact on our oceans – where much of the waste ends up – is devastating to marine life.
Steven Reed is Labour MP for Croydon North and Shadow Minister for Children and Families. In 2018 his private member’s bill on reducing violent mental health restraint became law. In June 2019 he launched Labour’s civil society strategy outlining radical plans to empower citizens and communities.
Steve chairs the Cooperative Councils Innovation Network, co-chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for London, was Leader of Lambeth Council 2006-12 where he led the council’s children’s services to become best-rated in the country and pioneered the public-health approach to tackling violent youth crime. He worked in publishing for 16 years and was an elected trade union branch secretary.