Asda to remove wrapping from greetings cards, saving over 100 tonnes of plastic per year

Asda has announced its latest move on plastic reduction, as it becomes the first supermarket to commit to the removal of avoidable plastic from its greetings card range. The decision is expected to save over 50 million individual cellophane bags annually – equivalent to over 100 tonnes of plastic. In February this year, Asda outlined plans to use less and recycle more plastic, including reducing own brand plastic packaging by an initial 10% by February 2019 and making its packaging 100% recyclable by 2025. It’s also working with experts at…

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Six million naked swedes in Asda…as retailer cuts back on its plastic use

Asda is going full swede ahead with its plastic pledge, removing plastic wrapping from all its whole swedes. Each year, the retailer sells almost 6 million swedes, with the removal of their wraps resulting in a reduction of 14 tonnes of plastic. A popular, earthy root vegetable, customers will see hundreds of naked swedes in-store just in time for the cooler weather. The removal of the plastic wrapping also sees the shelf-life remain the same as previously, with the British-grown veg perfect for up to seven days. The move is…

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IKEA UK and Ireland to remove all single-use plastic straws by 1st October 2018

IKEA UK and Ireland have announced the removal of all single-use plastic straws from its product range and restaurants by 1st October 2018, as part of its vision to have a positive impact on people and the planet. IKEA will also be looking at possible replacements for use by people with diabilities. The commitment applies to all UK and Ireland stores, including the recently opened IKEA Exeter store, all future IKEA outlets and IKEA online. The announcement is the first of many steps IKEA is taking towards its global commitment…

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Co-op “tests the water” offering ethically-conscious shoppers a “clear” alternative

The Co-op has unveiled plans to switch all of its bottled water to 50% recycled plastic (rPET) in a move which is set to test whether today’s environmentally-conscious consumer is ready to ditch more aesthetically pleasing packaging. The bottles – themselves 100% recyclable and sourced in the UK – do appear darker, greyer and cloudier than those using less or no recycled plastic, and so the community retailer will “test the water”, throwing down the gauntlet to gauge whether ethical consumers will turn the traditional psychology of shopping on its…

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Asda promises customers it will ‘use less and recycle more’ in fight on plastics

Asda has become the first of the “big four” supermarkets to set out detailed plans about how it will reduce its use of plastic. The supermarket, which accounts for 15.3% of the supermarket industry in the UK has also said it wants to create a more collaborative, open environment within the retail industry to help drive innovation and “unwrap” the plastics problem. In a document published on its website today, “Plastic Unwrapped – our pledge to use less and recycle more”, Asda has promised its customers that it will reduce…

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