Tesco calls for more businesses to publish food waste data as amount of food wasted in Tesco is down 17%

Tesco has published its annual food waste data, revealing 63% more food was redistributed to charities, community groups, colleagues and animal feed. The retailer halved the amount of food safe for human consumption going to energy recovery compared to last year (51% decrease) and is now 81% of the way toward its target that no food safe for human consumption goes to waste.  Overall, this led to the amount of food going to waste in Tesco’s UK operations falling by 17% to 44,297 tonnes (0.45% sales) compared to the previous…

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Tesco trials removing plastic from fruit and veg

Tesco has removed an extensive selection of plastic wrapped fruit and veg products from two of its stores. The retailer’s latest move toward sustainable packaging will trial removing packaged fruit and veg wherever a loose alternative exists. A total of forty five packaged foods will be taken out of stores in Watford and Swindon. Customers will see fruit and veg including varieties of apples, mushrooms, peppers, onions, bananas and avocados free from their packaging. This comes as a part of Tesco’s commitments to reduce the amount of packaging in its…

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Tesco trials technology that makes all plastic packaging recyclable

There is now a way for some of Britain’s shoppers to stop the hardest to recycle, soft plastics from going to waste. Tesco will start collecting previously unrecyclable plastics to be recycled in ten of its stores as part of a trial with the recycling specialist, Recycling Technologies. Customers will be able to return to trial stores everything from pet food pouches to shopping bags and crisp packets, all of which cannot commonly be recycled by local councils; safe in the knowledge that the packaging will be sent for recycling…

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Tesco moves to Rainforest Alliance Certified™ cocoa for own brand chocolate

Tesco has announced that the cocoa sourced for its own brand chocolate, including its Easter Eggs, now comes from sustainably managed farms and is sourced as Rainforest Alliance Certified™. The Rainforest Alliance is committed to supporting cocoa-growing communities, helping increase farmer income, safeguarding soils and conserving wildlife. All the supermarket’s products for which Rainforest Alliance Certified™ cocoa is sourced will now carry the Rainforest Alliance cocoa sourcing label. The partnership and certification comes as recent research reveals that demand for sustainable food is high, with nearly 80% of shoppers wanting…

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Green-minded Brits create record demand for vegan eco-cleaning products

Veganism isn’t the only way that Brits are becoming increasingly eco-conscious – demand for vegan household cleaning products are at a record high. In the last year demand for eco-cleaning products, that are environmentally-friendly and not been tested on animals, has rocketed with Tesco seeing more than an 80 per cent rise in sales. Besides being better for the planet many of these products are also being bought because more Brits now look for cleaning fluids that are kinder to their skin. According to recent studies: Nearly 40 per cent…

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