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From July 2021, the European Commission’s Single Use Plastic Directive (SUPD) ruled that all disposable products sold and used in the EU must display a ‘Plastic in product’ logo. This is also known as the SUPD logo.
The UK is not required to bring the SUPD into UK law and is not currently planning to implement it.
The government has however implemented policies to reduce single use plastics. This includes regulation to limit the use of plastic straws and stirrers.
The SUPD does not differentiate between products containing petroleum plastics or plant-based plastics, meaning that even a product which is certified and labelled as compostable will still need to display the logo.
Unfortunately this applies to even our biodegradable paper cups and biodegradable soup cups. This is because the SUPD requires such products to display a logo, even though they contain no oil-based plastics.
For information about any product which you think may be affected, please contact us.