As part of the Guardian’s commitment to environmental sustainability, copies of Guardian Weekly will soon come in a compostable material replacing the current polythene wrapping.
Beginning in the UK, the compostable wrap will reach Guardian Weekly subscribers issue dated 7 June. Over the coming months, the compostable wrap will then extend to Guardian Weekly subscribers in Europe and the rest of the world, say the publishers.
The current international rollout excludes Australia and New Zealand, where options are still being explored. Copies of Guardian Weekly in the US and Canada arrive in the post unwrapped.
The news follows on from the Guardian’s announcement early this year to package its Saturday supplements in a compostable wrap to help reduce plastic waste.
Mylene Sylvestre, director of publishing, Guardian News & Media said:
“It was wonderful to see such a positive response from readers after the introduction of compostable wrapping for our Saturday paper and I am proud that we can now look to extend this to Guardian Weekly subscribers in the UK and beyond. We are continuing to put considerable effort into making our print products as environmentally friendly and sustainable as possible.”
The compostable wrap, which is made from a material derived from potato starch, is designed to allow readers to dispose of it ethically.