Honiton butcher leads fight against plastics use

PUBLISHED: 14:14 16 January 2018

Laurie Spencer shows off Porkies' new range of paper products. Photo: Callum Lawton

Laurie Spencer shows off Porkies' new range of paper products. Photo: Callum Lawton

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Laurie Spencer, who owns Porkies the Family Butchers in New Street, has replaced plastic packaging with paper products at his shop – even though the cost is higher.

A Honiton butcher is cutting down on the amount of plastic he uses so his daughter can grow up in a healthier world.

Laurie Spencer, who owns Porkies the Family Butchers in New Street, has replaced plastic packaging with paper products at his shop – even though the cost is higher.

The move comes as Mr Spencer makes a call for all small independent business to move away from plastic.

He said: “I am doing this because I am not thinking about my future at the moment – I am thinking about my daughter’s.

“It’s about what she will have to encounter in her adult life and what her children will have to encounter.

“This is about thinking ahead instead of looking at the short-term issues.”

Mr Spencer says his new paper packaging costs more but he is not raising the price for his customers – instead he has shouldered the cost.

He said the new paper ‘Sealed and Fresh’ bags work just as well as existing biodegradable packaging, but people rarely threw the biodegradable bags in recycling.

Now, he hopes people will make more of a conscious effort to recycle the paper packaging and contribute towards the fight against plastics use.

Porkies also sells a paper carrier bag at a cost price of six pence.

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