Tesco removes one billion pieces of plastic

Tesco has announced that it has removed one billion pieces of plastic from its UK business in just one year. In 2020, by working with its suppliers, plastic that Tesco has removed includes:Plastic shrink wrap around branded and own-label tinned multi-packs e.g. soup, tinned tomatoes, sweetcorn secondary lids from yoghurts, fresh cream, picnic salads and baby wipes Plastic wraps from branded and own label greetings cards Small plastic bags used to pack loose fruit, vegetables and bakery items Plastic from Christmas products and packaging e.g. crackers no longer contain plastic…

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Tesco To Cut Plastic In Fresh Chicken Packaging

Tesco is announcing that from next year it will stop using plastic trays to pack its fresh, whole chickens.  The supermarket will start by removing the tray and film from 16 million of its own brand medium, large and extra-large chickens, and replace it with a single bag. In addition to removing 16 million pieces of plastic, it will reduce the overall weight of plastic used to package its whole fresh birds by 30%.  The new packaging is also more hygienic for customers to handle and makes it easier to transfer the bird…

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Morrisons asks food and drink brands to help fight war on plastic

Morrisons has asked its branded suppliers to help fight the war on plastic, as part of its commitment to reduce the amount of the material in its stores and supply chain operations. The supermarket made the appeal at its annual supplier conference, to which 1,600 suppliers were invited. Morrisons is asking its branded suppliers to reduce plastic in both product packaging and on the shelf display packaging, as well as in the materials in which these products are transported to stores. It is hoped that this will remove thousands of…

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Waitrose makes canny move with the removal of plastic on all tinned multibuy food

Waitrose will accelerate efforts to stamp out single use plastic by ending the use of multibuy shrinkwrap on millions of own label tinned grocery products. The plastic wrap, which is used to keep three or four cans attached for convenience but can’t always be recycled, will now be removed permanently on all Waitrose tinned food. Waitrose was the first UK retailer to trial the removal of shrinkwrap on tinned multibuys last year. Removing the shrinkwrap on some of the best selling everyday essentials – including baked beans, kidney beans, sweetcorn,…

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Asda removes plastic fruit and veg bags from stores

Asda has announced it will be removing plastic fruit and veg bags from its stores, in a trial that aims to help the supermarket retailer continue its fight against plastic pollution. In a 9-store trial, the move could save around 141 tonnes of plastic a year, which equates to over 3.5 million bags. Instead of the plastic bags, Asda will be offering ‘Veggio’ bags, priced at a market-leading 30p each, the bags provide customers with an affordable, reusable alternative to single-use plastic fruit and veg bags. Kevin Patel, Director of…

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