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07:20  21 october  2019
07:20  21 october  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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John Lewis said this year will be the last when they sell crackers with plastic toys inside as the company switches to alternatives made from recyclable materials such as Sister brand Waitrose has already confirmed that by Christmas 2020, its own label cards, wraps, crackers , tags, flowers and

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John Lewis and Waitrose have announced that this Christmas will be the last time they will be selling crackers with plastic toys inside.

The decision by the John Lewis Partnership - which operates both retailers - has been made as part of its plans to cut down on single-use plastic in products.

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Crackers will be instead filled with toys made from recyclable materials, such as metal and paper games.

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JOHN Lewis is to stop selling Christmas crackers with plastic toys - but not until next year. The department store and sister retailer Waitrose didn’t John Lewis has already removed the plastic wrapping from vast majority of the individual cards it sells and estimates that this alone will save eight

Waitrose is phasing out glitter from its products to help cut down on plastic waste. Other retailers, including Paperchase, Next, Debenhams, John Lewis , M&S and Sainsbury's have all previously pledged to reduce glitter in Christmas items this year, although Waitrose is the first supermarket to

The retailer is also banning the use of plastic glitter on the crackers they will be decorated with eco-friendly techniques such as embossing.

View of a pile of gold Christmas crackers © Getty Images View of a pile of gold Christmas crackers

Christmas will still sparkle

  John Lewis and Waitrose ban plastic toys and glitter from Christmas crackers © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd

Dan Cooper, head Christmas buyer at John Lewis, said: “Reducing the amount of single use plastic in products and packaging is really important to us and our customers.

“One of the challenges I face as a buyer is that we plan 18 months ahead so it takes time for changes to become a reality.

"I’m always searching for new, more sustainable products which will make Christmas sparkle but won’t end up spoiling our environment.”

The new range of sustainable crackers will be plastic-free

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Retailer’s glitter ban comes amid concern about microplastics polluting the environment. M&S’s action on glitter and plastic comes after Waitrose pledged to ensure own-label cards, wraps, crackers , flowers and plants are either glitter -free or John Lewis unveils first-ever half-year loss.

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The latest move comes after Waitrose introduced an in-store “refillable zone” in which staples such as rice and cereal are sold loose, to cut down on wasteful packaging.

Glitter ban

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The retailer has also reduced the amount of plastic glitter on its own brand range of festive wrapping paper, gift bags and tags, advent calendars and crackers by two-thirds - and it has already removed the plastic wrapping from vast majority of the individual cards it sells and estimates that this alone will save eight tonnes of plastic each year.

Waitrose has already confirmed that by Christmas next year, its own label cards, wraps, crackers, tags, flowers and plants will either be glitter-free or the retailer will use an environmentally friendly alternative.

Julian Kirby, plastics campaigner at Friends of the Earth told i: "“We've seen great stuff from Waitrose's Unpacked initiative in cutting out plastic, so it’s a shame that we couldn’t have had plastic-free Christmas crackers sooner than 2020.

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Each Christmas brings with it a new must-have trend, and John Lewis & Partners predicts that 2018 will be the year of the Rainbow Christmas tree. The perfect way to combine all seven colour collections, the Rainbow tree is sure to be a social media hit this festive season.

Retailer says it will find other ways to make products sparkle in effort to stem plastic waste.

"Getting rid of the plastic tat from Christmas crackers will go some way to cutting down the pollution of the festive season, but we’d like to challenge all supermarkets to give us the gift of a Christmas completely free of unnecessary plastic."

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