BSAC steps up on plastic waste


SCUBA magazine’s postal packaging is changing. BSAC’s Chief Executive Mary Tetley explains why…

"BSAC is acutely aware of members’ environmental concerns over the polythene wrapper used to package our SCUBA magazine. Although the current wrapper can be recycled, many local authorities don’t offer recycling of these materials, and so many of these wrappers find their way into landfill.

Reducing plastic waste

We need play our part in reducing single-use plastics and minimise our impact on the environment. We have worked with SCUBA’s publishers TRMG to explore our options, but finding the right solution has not been so straightforward.

For example, we looked at a potato starch alternative, but this was only compostable and not recyclable. What has become clear is that the perfect environmentally-friendly protective wrapper for SCUBA is not yet on the market for the volume of magazines we mail each month.

We cannot continue to overlook the environmental impact of polythene wrappers while also seeing images of marine mammals that have ingested plastic, and so from August 2018, we will be sending out SCUBA magazine with an address label on the back cover and no protective packaging.

We appreciate that some magazines could arrive a little damaged in the post, but we hope that you will accept that this is a small price to pay for protecting the environment and reducing plastic waste.

If you are not happy with this and want to continue to receive your magazine in a plastic wrapper, then you can do so by following the instructions below to “opt in” to plastic.

We know that this is still not the perfect solution, but we hope you will join us in this small step to help protect the environment that we all love. BSAC has not given up on finding a longer-term solution and we will continue to search for and be ready to implement the right marine-safe packaging when it becomes available."

From August 2018, the copy of SCUBA magazine all UK BSAC members receive will be sent without any polythene packaging.

BSAC members will be emailed individually about this change to the SCUBA magazine wrapper.

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