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Guardian Weekly rolls out compostable wrap

Having recently announced the use of compostable wrap for its Saturday issue, the Guardian is now introducing the sustainable solution for Guardian Weekly.

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The Guardian announced it would be switching to a compostable wrap for its supplements in January

Starting in the UK from June 7th, copies of the Guardian’s international news magazine will arrive to subscribers in a compostable wrap, ditching the current polythene wrapping.

The news arrives shortly after the Guardian became the first national newspaper to use the compostable packaging after suggestions from its environmental journalists, who noted that the RSPB, the National Trust and others were using the material.

Mylene Sylvestre, director of publishing at Guardian News & Media comments: “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

“We are continuing to put considerable effort into making our print products as environmentally friendly and sustainable as possible.”

The wrap is made from a material derived from potato starch which is designed to break down when disposed of correctly – either in the compost bin or with garden waste.

The media company is aiming to roll out the compostable wrap to Guardian Weekly subscribers across Europe and the rest of the world. The current international rollout excludes Australia and New Zealand however, where other options are being explored.

Copies of Guardian Weekly in the US and Canada arrive in the post unwrapped and therefore are unaffected.

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