Travel Weekly has switched to a fully-compostable wrapper for its print magazine from this week, in association with Tui UK & Ireland.

The move, which was announced at the Globe Travel Awards in January, reflects a commitment by Travel Weekly’s parent company Jacobs Media Group to reduce its plastic waste.

Travel Weekly’s sister title for the hospitality industry, The Caterer, is also switching to the compostable potato starch wrapper, and Jacobs Media Group has committed to moving all its print distribution away from plastic packaging.

Stuart Parish, Jacobs Media Group UK managing director, said: “Following our announcement in January, we are delighted to have moved permanently to fully-compostable wrapping for our two flagship titles, as we aim to reduce our impact on the environment.

“The response to our announcement at the Globe Travel Awards was overwhelmingly positive, and we are delighted to be making the switch in partnership with one of the industry’s leaders in sustainability, Tui.”

Parish added: “This year is a momentous one for Travel Weekly, as we celebrate our 50th anniversary and our tenth year as an independent business, but we are clear that 2019 is as much about looking to the future as it is the past.”

Katie McAlister, chief marketing officer at Tui UK & Ireland said “We are delighted to be supporting Travel Weekly’s 100% compostable magazine wrap in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

“As a winner at the 2018 World Responsible Tourism Awards, we fly the flag for innovation in sustainable travel, from our most carbon-efficient airline to seeking new ways to reduce our global impact.

“We are proud of the positive role Tui plays within the industry, and the strides the industry is making in turning international tourism into a more sustainable business.”

Today’s issue of Travel Weekly will arrive in the new wrappers derived from potato starch. The wrappers are 100% compostable and can be added to a home compost heap or garden waste bin, or used to line a food waste caddy.