Mass Unwrap 2020

Mass Unwrap


Surfers Against Sewage Plan To ‘Unwrap’ The UK


Volunteers across the country have been organising events to help shoppers hand avoidable plastic straight back to the supermarkets. 

Words: Surfers Against Sewage


Mass Unwrap 

Research shows that 59 billion pieces of plastic packaging are distributed by the supermarkets every year, that’s 112 thousand pieces each minute! The total plastic packaging used by the UK’s biggest supermarkets rose from an estimated 886,000 tonnes in 2017 to 903,000 tonnes in 2018.

In 2019 SAS Mass Unwrap events collected up to nine pieces of unwanted plastic a minuteIn one case at Tesco in Braunton, North Devon 1,660 items were handed back; it’s estimated less than 10% of the plastic packaging could be recycled.

After the success of the 2019 National Mass Unwrap launch involving SAS Plastic Free Community Leads, SAS have rolled the event out so anyone can take part, wherever they live. To kick-start this new wave of community action, a week long National Mass Unwrap is being held between 22nd February and 1st March 2020.


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