Iceland Trials UK’s First Plastic Bag Free Store In Fight Against Plastic

Iceland has launched an industry leading trial, removing plastic bags altogether from one of its stores, as it continues to lead the way in the fight against plastic. The trial will run in Iceland’s Hackney store, with customers being offered extra-strong paper bags for 15p. The bags can hold up to 16kg – the equivalent of 70 packs of Iceland’s No Bull Burgers (226g per pack). Lighter weight paper carrier bags (10p), jute bags (£1), Disney branded cotton bags (£1), and small paper bags for meat products will also be…

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Sainsbury’s removes plastic bags for fruit and veg and launches reusable produce bags trial

Sainsbury’s has launched a trial at its Lincoln and Kidlington superstores which removes plastic produce bags for loose fruit and veg. This is the first step towards reaching the company’s commitment to removing the bags from stores entirely by September, cutting a further 1,284 tonnes of plastic this year. Customers will have the option of bringing their own containers into store or purchasing a reusable drawstring bag made from 100% recycled materials for 30p. Judith Batchelar, Director of Sainsbury’s Brand comments: “We’re pleased to be making a further commitment to…

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Cif innovative at-home refill will remove 1.5 million plastic bottles from UK supermarkets

Unilever has announced the launch of Cif ecorefill, the new at-home technology that allows consumers to refill and reuse their Cif spray bottles for life.   This comes when UK demand for less plastic and more refillable and reusable solutions are on the rise, with 62% of people saying reuse is even more important to them than recycling. More than eight in ten (83%) people wish they had access to more refillable products and furthermore only one in six (16%) are currently buying refills. The largest barriers are lack of…

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Morrisons to introduce plastic-free fruit and veg areas to help customers buy bagless

Morrisons is to become the first British supermarket to roll-out plastic free fruit and veg areas in many of its stores. Customers will be able to choose from up to 127 varieties of fruit and veg – and buy them loose or put them in recyclable paper bags. The move follows a ten-month trial in three Morrisons stores in Skipton, Guiseley and St Ives where the amount of loose fruit and veg bought by customers increased by an average of 40%. The new ‘buy bagless’ fruit and veg shelves are…

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Sainsbury’s first UK supermarket to remove plastic bags for loose fruit, vegetables and bakery items from all stores, offering paper and re-usable bags made from recycled materials

Sainsbury’s has committed to cutting a further 1,284 tonnes of plastic this year. This includes removing 489 tonnes’ worth of plastic bags, which are currently used for loose fruit, vegetables and bakery items. By September, paper bags will be available to customers for loose bakery items. Customers buying loose fruit and vegetables will either be able to bring their own bags or buy a re-usable bag made from recycled materials. Sainsbury’s has previously implemented measures that are already leading to a reduction of 8,101 tonnes of non-recyclable plastic and “virgin plastic” every…

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