George at Asda to sell products made from recycled plastic bottles and clothing as part of new sustainability pledge

George, the fashion and homewares arm of the supermarket Asda, will for the first time sell products made from recycled plastic bottles and clothing, as part of a commitment to use only polyester that is sourced from recycled materials by 2025. The products launching in the retailer’s Spring/Summer 19 range include George Home cushions and throws that have been made from recycled plastic bottles, and blouses and dresses made with fabric from recycled polyester clothing. The move – the first for a supermarket retailer – is accompanied by commitments to…

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Asda meets 2018 promise to remove 6500 tonnes of own brand plastic packaging

Asda has announced it has removed 6500 tonnes of plastic from its own brand packaging since February 2018. The milestone marks a significant step towards the supermarket’s ongoing commitment to reducing the amount of plastic used in product packaging. Through product innovation and redesign, Asda has reduced plastic in almost 1000 individual product lines – from fresh fruit and veg to electronics and homewares – removing the equivalent weight of 600 million empty plastic bottles. Some of the changes that have been implemented over the last 12 months include: Swapping…

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Asda removes single kitchen knives from sale nationwide

Asda has confirmed that it will remove single kitchen knives from sale in all its stores by the end of April 2019. The decision to stop selling these items comes in response to rising concerns about knife crime in the UK, particularly those involving children and young people. Commenting on the news, Nick Jones, Senior Vice President, said: “We strongly believe that we have a responsibility to support the communities that we serve. Whilst we have already taken steps to restrict the sale of knives to ensure that they do…

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Asda publishes its 2018 Gender Pay Report

Supermarket Asda has published its 2018 Gender Pay figures, in line with the legal requirement for large companies to report annually. In a report submitted to the Government’s Gender Pay website, Asda has stated that, for the 2018 Gender Pay Gap reporting period: The median pay difference (the Office for National Statistics’ preferred measure) between all relevant men and women employed by Asda is 7.6%. This is a reduction of 1.3% compared to 2017 and 10.3% lower than the national average of 17.9% for full and part-time workers. The mean…

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Asda Trials New “Inclusive Hour”

Asda has announced that it’s trialling a new “inclusive hour” in Kent and Manchester as part of its support for Purple Tuesday (13th November), the UK’s first accessible shopping day, established to recognise the importance and needs of customers with disabilities and promote inclusive shopping. Back in 2016, Asda was the first retailer to introduce the Quiet Hour and has since been working with a number of charities and local authorities to further understand what simple changes can be made to the store environment. This is to help aid customers…

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