Waitrose & Partners sets new standard in refrigeration with 40% energy saving

Waitrose & Partners is set to reduce energy use in its stores by more than 40%, after introducing cutting-edge new technology from Wirth Research in all new open-fronted fridge cabinets. Standard open-fronted supermarket refrigerators lose air into the aisles, which is why customers can experience cold feet when shopping. This cold air spill is wasted energy. Wirth Research’s Next Generation Refrigeration (NGR) helps to retain more of this air inside the fridge cabinet, meaning considerably less energy is required to keep food at the optimum temperature – resulting in substantially…

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From technology that tags fishing nets to plastic-eating fungi: Waitrose & Partners reveals winners of £1million fund to fight plastic pollution

Waitrose & Partners has revealed the projects it will be supporting with its unique £1 million grant fund designed to tackle plastic pollution.  Plan Plastic – The Million Pound Challenge will award money, over one year, to projects that can demonstrate an impact to reduce plastic. Working with environmental charity Hubbub, the fund attracted 150 applications, and five organisations have now been selected to receive a share of the £1 million fund. The diverse group of winners, from marine scientists to pioneering charities, all demonstrated innovation in tackling plastic pollution.…

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Waitrose & Partners unpacks a unique plan for future ways of shopping

A dedicated refillable zone, the UK’s first supermarket frozen ‘pick and mix’ and first borrow-a-box scheme are among a series of ideas being looked at in a unique test from Waitrose & Partners, which has the potential to save thousands of tonnes of unnecessary plastic and packaging. The test is designed to help determine how customers might be prepared to shop differently in the future. The retailer has therefore transformed its Botley Road shop in Oxford and taken hundreds of products out of their packaging. It has the largest number…

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Waitrose launches world’s first home compostable ready meal packaging as the retailer’s removal of black plastics heats up

Waitrose & Partners is launching the world’s first home compostable ready meal packaging as it moves nearly nine million products out of black plastic. The pioneering packaging will initially replace many of the retailer’s Italian ready meal trays, saving 158 tonnes of black plastic. The new cream-coloured containers, which are fibre based and similar in texture to cardboard, are now certified home compostable for the first time. Waitrose & Partners has worked with its suppliers, Huhtamaki and Saladworks, to use the latest technology to make sure the trays can be…

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Waitrose & Partners funds new fellowships aimed at tackling plastics

Waitrose & Partners is funding a number of University fellowships to boost new thinking on how to find, test and share effective solutions to tackle plastic pollution.   The Blue Charter Fellowships, run by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), will receive funding from the supermarket for ten new fellowships to lead world-class research and innovation in marine plastics. Marine plastics has become a pressing global environmental problem, with figures showing that plastic in our oceans will outweigh fish by 2050 if current trends continue. While work is being done…

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