Plastic wrap: journals, practise what you preach

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Many of us look forward to our print copy of Nature dropping through the letter box every week. However, I notice that the journal is still using a plastic-based wrapping material. Although it might be possible to recycle this in certain parts of the United Kingdom, doing so is currently not an option where I live. I find it strange for a journal whose editorial pieces routinely highlight the all-too-familiar problems associated with plastic to be using such a material in this day and age. When will we see Nature do what so many other periodicals have, and make the switch to fully biodegradable packaging fabricated from potato starch, for example

Nature 573, 495 (2019)

Editorial note: Springer Nature has been reviewing the way it packages its journals and is currently trialling compostable packaging. It will be running additional tests in the coming months. The company reports annually on steps it is taking to reduce the environmental impacts of its publishing in its Responsible Business Report (see

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