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vGroup International is the newest company to have joined the global war on plastic, launching a new tablet form of vehicle screen wash. Instead of drivers typically buying five-litre bottles of screen wash or 500ml of concentrate, they can now use a tablet that when mixed with water makes up to five litres of the liquid.

Launched as part of vGroup International’s vehicle winter pack for fleets, which also contains an ice scraper and Chlorofluorocarbon-free (CFC) de-icer, the blue raspberry smelling tablets, teal blue in colour, can be found in single pod, three pod or six pod blister packs.

Individually costing no more than the price of either screen wash or the concentrate, vGroup International chairman Martyn Nash said the new screen wash tablet, which is already advocated by BMW and Nissan in Germany and their franchise dealer networks, was one of the company’s environmentally-friendly answer to reducing the consumption of plastic bottle screen wash and concentrate.

UK motorists consume annually around 100 million plastic bottles of screen wash, which is two million plastic bottles per week or an astonishing 285,000 per day that end up in landfill being incinerated, or making their way into seas and oceans.

Therefore, the introduction of tablet screen wash, which doesn’t freeze when temperatures are above -5°C, comes amid a UK government and, indeed, global focus on reducing the environmental impact of plastic.

Earlier this year, the government put forward a 25-year plan that aims to “set the global gold standard” on eliminating plastic. It wants to encourage industries to take greater responsibility for the environmental impact of their products, and for making them easier to recycle.

Additionally, dozens of companies have signed the UK Plastics Pact, which aims to eliminate unnecessary single-use plastic packaging by 2025 with targets to make 100% of their plastic packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable and to ensure 70% was effectively recycled or composted.