Nothing proves the festive season its on its way quite like spotting tubs and boxes of Quality Street stocked up high on shop shelves.
But this year, what’s inside those tubs and boxes will look a bit different.
That’s because the famous colourful plastic wrapping that encases those little chocolate delights that we all love so much has been axed by manufacturers Nestlé after 86 years in a bid to make them more environmentally friendly, and ultimately, stop what is nearly two billion wrappers ending up in landfill each year.
The change to the wrapping we are all familiar with is expected to be made in time for Christmas.
The confectionary company said it believes people will respond “positively” when it unveils the new plastic-free wrappings in a few weeks time.
So, with around 1.7 billion Quality Street chocolates said to be enjoyed every year in the UK, what is the alternative then? What should those with a sweet tooth be expecting from a Quality Street this Christmas?
Well, Nestlé has announced that, from now on, each individual chocolate will instead be coated in a vegetable-based wax – which is said to be designed to keep the sweets fresh, without hindering the recycling process in the long term.
Thankfully though, those famous bright colours are going nowhere.
This means you’ll still be able to unwrap a Green Triangle, Orange Creme, Toffee Penny, and more in the colours you’ve always known.
“Quality Street is a brand people feel very strongly about,” said Cheryl Allen – Head of Sustainability.
“We know that opening the lid and seeing ‘the jewels’, as we call them, is really important, and we think we’ve done a really good job with the redesign and feel confident that people will respond positively.”
This is not the first time Nestlé has made changes to packaging of its products in the name of sustainability either.
“Packaging helps protect food and beverages, ensure product quality and safety, communicate nutritional information and prevent food waste,” the company says on its website.
“However, these essential requirements should not come at the expense of the planet, and that’s why we are continually developing more sustainable packaging and committed to reducing waste from packaging.”
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Chester Zoo calls for runners to take on new charity 10k to help ‘save endangered animals’
Chester Zoo is calling for thousands of runners to take on a charity 10k through the zoo’s grounds in a bid to help save one of its many endangered species.
The UK’s biggest charity zoo is looking for 2,500 runners of all abilities to sign up for its brand-new ‘Run for Nature‘ later this year – which begins inside the zoo’s 128-acre grounds, and sees participants race past the elephant, giant otter, and giraffe habitats, all before heading out and around the wider countryside estate.
As well as the 10k route, there’s also a special one-mile ‘zoom’ fun run around the zoo, which is perfect for energetic kids under 12.
All runners will get a medal when they cross the finish line, and there’ll even be some exciting prizes up for grabs for those who raise the most money.
Taking place on Sunday 24 September, all funds raised from the run will go towards the Chester Zoo’s ongoing and extremely-important efforts to find a vaccine for a deadly virus that threatens endangered elephant populations all across the world – which is known as Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV).
Scientists at the zoo are currently in the middle of the world’s first vaccine pilot study to fight the virus, and hope that proceeds raised from the upcoming events can help “create a future where Asian elephants survive and thrive.”
“We’re so excited to be able to offer places for 2,500 fundraisers to run our first ever 10k Run for Nature later this year,” explained Hannah Wright, Fundraising Lead at Chester Zoo.
“As a charity, fundraising is at the core of this event, but we also hope that it’s a great fun event that the whole family can get involved in – whether running, supporting or sponsoring.
“All participants will be receive a sustainable medal and top fundraisers will have the opportunity to win a variety of prizes, which include annual memberships, animal experiences, and meal vouchers for our gastro pub, The Oakfield, as well as a selection of animal adoptions.”
You can get half-price fish and chips for just £3.49 at all Morrisons cafes today
Morrisons is giving hungry customers the chance to tuck into a hearty helping of fish and chips at half the price for just one day only today.
And it’s all to suitably celebrate National Fish and Chip Day.
A popular annual event in the British foodie calendar, National Fish and Chip Day falls on Friday 2 June this year, and to mark the special occasion, Morrisons has slashed the price of its usual chippy offering at hundreds of its in-store cafes nationwide.
The major supermarket has more than 400 cafes inside stores right across the UK, and the half-price food offer is believed to be available at all of them.
Adults can enjoy Fish, Chips and Peas for just £3.49, while the children‘s Mini Fish, Chips and Peas meal has also been reduced to £2.74.
Not a bad bargain at all, right?
The only catch is though, you’ll need to be signed-up to the supermarket‘s loyalty scheme and scan your Morrisons More card at the cafe checkout if you want to claim the half price offer.
Morrisons’ half-price fish and chips offer also comes after it relaunched its popular ‘Ask for Henry’ initiative towards the end of April after a successful run when it was first introduced amid the rising cost of living crisis in 2022.
‘Ask for Henry’ saw the retailer team up with Heinz for scheme that’s aimed at helping those struggling with their finances get themselves a free hot meal.