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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Asda removes plastic from in-store printed media across the country, as it continues the fight against plastic pollution

As it continues its fight against plastic across the business, Asda has announced the removal of unnecessary plastic from freestanding display units and customer signage in stores across the country. As part of Asda’s accelerated target to reduce own brand plastic by 15% by 2021, the retailer is working to make in-store displays more sustainable, cutting down on plastic and non-recyclable materials. Working in partnership with DS Smith, a global packaging innovation company, Asda has already saved around 8 tonnes of plastic by removing plastic mop trays from the bottom…

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Aldi To Remove Over 2 Billion Pieces Of Plastic

Aldi has announced an ambitious new commitment to reduce the volume of plastic packaging used by 50% by 2025. The new commitment will see the UK’s fifth-largest supermarket remove 74,000 tonnes of plastic packaging during the next five years, the equivalent to 2.2bn single items of plastic. To achieve this target, Aldi will work to remove and reduce unnecessary packaging and switch to alternative materials. Where plastic is required, it will be recyclable and made of recycled material wherever possible. The new target is part of Aldi’s overall strategy to…

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What does a statuette of Ronald McDonald have to do with a keyboard, a water bottle and a syringe?

They are all plastic objects washed ashore on the beaches of the North Kent coast. Found by artist Steve McPherson these objects and hundreds like them have been transformed into complex, thought provoking pieces of art. In 1950 the global plastic production was 2.3 million tonnes which has now increased exponentially to 448 million in 2015. The majority of it is dumped into the natural environment and finds its way into our rivers, our oceans and ultimately our foods. Tiny particles of microplastics have been found in the majority of the world’s tap…

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