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Morrisons Stocks New Recyclable

The Morrisons supermarket chain has become the first major retailer to stock the new ANDS recyclable single-use vape product

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The Morrisons supermarket chain has become the first major retailer to stock the new ANDS recyclable single-use vape product. ANDS says that its disposable has been shown in independent tests to be “99% plus recyclable and recoverable”. The new product listing of SLIX products in Morrisons stores is the result of a partnership between the vape company and leading vape distributor Phoenix 2 Retail.

Morrisons, will stock SLIX in some 1,500 Morrisons Daily stores and supermarkets around the UK. ANDS says that the food retailer made the decision to stock SLIX as it “fits with the company’s sustainability strategy”.

The vape company says: “SLIX was developed as part of ANDS’ efforts to provide adult smokers with viable alternatives to combustible tobacco while seeking to reduce the impact on the environment of its products.

“SLIX construction boasts an outer casing made entirely of 100% recyclable high-grade cardboard, with a degradable silicone mouthpiece and end piece.

“SLIX has been independently tested by specialist vape waste firm Waste Experts, a wholly owned subsidiary of the electrical wholesaler City Electrical Factors (CEF).”

In tests by Waste Experts, the product was found to be 99.29% recyclable and recoverable.

The company says: “Testing by Waste Experts was done in line with ISO 14021:2016, an international standard. This standard specifies requirements for self-declared environmental claims, including statements, symbols and graphics, regarding products. It further describes selected terms commonly used in environmental claims and gives qualifications for their use. This International Standard also describes a general evaluation and verification methodology for self-declared environmental claims and specific evaluation and verification methods for the selected claims in this International Standard Waste Experts gave consideration to the ease of recycling, the time taken per unit, the packaging by type, device components and the recycling options available for each material.”

ANDS describes its product as “light, simple construction also makes it 25% lighter and significantly less complex than the leading brand. Slix also creates 70% less waste by weight compared to the same leading brand.

“The product scored highly in terms of waste processing time, taking 57% less time to dismantle than the leading brand in the UK. The simplicity of design means it takes seconds to deconstruct and the time saved is vital to supporting cost efficiencies in the waste management of single-use vapes.”

Fadi Maayta, Founder of ANDS, which recently opened new European headquarters in London following its success in Middle East markets, said: “We are extremely proud that a leading supermarket, such as Morrisons, which attaches great importance to its impact on the environment, has chosen our new SLIX brand to be part of their vape product range. We look forward to making the partnership a resounding success.

“By the end of this year we hope to launch a 100% recyclable and recoverable version of SLIX, which will reduce the tonnage of plastic going to landfill even further.”

In addition to the step forward in sustainability, ANDS has also partnered with Waste Experts to create a recycling programme that simplifies the process of collection and recycling.

The process is simple: customers apply for a prepaid envelope on the website, place up to ten used vapes in the envelope, and post it back – all at no cost.

Recycling the batteries: “In addition to lithium, these batteries contain valuable metals such as manganese, cobalt and nickel. A process called shredding is used whereby the waste batteries are heated in a vacuum, then crushed and shredded to create what is called a ‘black mass’ – basically an aggregate of metals that can be re-smelted and re-used.”

Glass components are melted to be reused and the cardboard parts are pulped to create new cardboard sheets. The company adds that the nicotine-containing pods are used as a fuel-source to power generators.

Finally, “A specialist silicon recycler shreds the silicon after which it is pelletised (turned into pellets) and sent to manufacturers to be reused as new silicon products.”

Is this the most comprehensive sustainability solution to date? It sounds like it.


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Dave is a freelance writer; with articles on music, motorbikes, football, pop-science, vaping and tobacco harm reduction in Sounds, Melody Maker, UBG, AWoL, Bike, When Saturday Comes, Vape News Magazine, and syndicated across the Johnston Press group. He was published in an anthology of “Greatest Football Writing”, but still believes this was a mistake. Dave contributes sketches to comedy shows and used to co-host a radio sketch show. He’s worked with numerous vape companies to develop content for their websites.

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