Co-op and Hubbub partner to redistribute 6.8 million meals a year in community fridge initiative

Co-op and environmental charity Hubbub have announced a major new partnership to fast-track the expansion of community fridges across the UK. Community fridges are open to everyone in communities – without any need to be referred or having to prove eligibility – to share fresh food that would otherwise have gone to waste. The food is donated by businesses – with Co-op donating surplus food from its stores. As well as improving access to food, the fridges go beyond this by empowering communities to connect with each other, and learn new skills through activities such as cookery…

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Retailers unite to call for Government to avoid a “life sentence” of violence and abuse for shop-workers

A coalition consisting of more than 30 major retail businesses*, are  urging MPs to avoid shackling over three million shopworkers to a “life sentence” of violence, abuse and anti-social behaviour by encouraging them to back an amendment to a flagship Government crime bill which would offer frontline workers greater protection. The call for stiffer penalties for those committing assaults and attacks on shopworkers comes as a new report* “Breaking the Cycle: Gaining the views of criminal justice practitioners and retail offenders on effective sentencing” is launched. The research – written…

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Co-op Announces Plan To Be World’s First Supermarket To Produce Carbon Neutral Own-Brand Food And Drink Within Five Years

New ten-point climate plan sets out blueprint for Co-op to achieve net zero for its direct and indirect carbon emissions by 2040, met by: Offsetting the greenhouse gas emissions of Co-op products and services, including its food and drink, to achieve carbon neutral status by 2025. Price matching Co-op own-brand plant-based foods to meat-based equivalents Offsetting the greenhouse gas emissions from running Co-op’s operations (stores, buildings and logistics) – a feat achieved last month. Investing millions of pounds of proceeds from the carry bag levy to support UK natural restoration…

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Co-op bans bags-for-life and calls for joined-up approach from Government to combat plastic carrier use

Co-op will remove plastic bags for life from sale in all 2,600 stores warning that the low-cost, reusable bag has become the new single-use carrier. The announcement comes as it publishes a new report ‘Bag to Rights’, which sets out new policy recommendations for Government. As part of this move, and ahead of the new carrier bag levy increase coming in to place, the convenience retailer will also roll out compostable carriers to all stores to ensure that customers are able to purchase a low-cost, low impact alternative bag with…

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For peat’s sake… Co-op helps gardeners prune greenhouse gas emission with switch to selling only peat-free compost

Co-op is to enable gardeners to play their part in pruning greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as it commits to selling only peat-free bagged compost in its stores. The move supports Co-op’s environmental commitments to cut GHG emissions to combat the climate crisis and sees the sale of peat-based bagged home compost completely banned from its stores. Co-op is working with Westland – which has undertaken £35million of investment to develop a specially formulated high quality product – to “grow” a culture of more sustainable gardening. Co-op is rolling out Westland’s…

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