Icon News goes back to paper!
You may have noticed that this issue of Icon News reached you in a paper envelope instead of the plastic film wrap that we have been using for some time now. The change has been made in response to the emails we have received from members asking if we could replace the plastic film wrap with a biodegradable one such as that used by some other national charities and organisations.
After researching our former biodegradable wraps and we decided that they weren't necessarily the best environmental option. The film used contained only 20% biodegradable starch-based material, whilst 80% is still oil-based, making it so that it only biodegraded if put in a proper composting system operating at 60˚C or more.
The good news is that our new paper envelopes are made out of 100% recycled paper and can of course be put in your paper recycling bin! 78% of paper in the UK is recovered and recycled. In contrast only 32% of plastic is collected for recycling and it's a pretty fair assumption that none of the plastic film used for wrapping magazines is recycled, whether it is said to be biodegradable or not.
We greatly appreciate all the feedback sent in by our members leading up to the change and always welcome further input to keep Icon ahead of the curve!