Sainsbury’s makes its greatest standalone plastics removal through mushroom punnets

Sainsbury’s is switching its own-brand mushroom punnets from plastic to cardboard in a move which will save over 775 tonnes of plastic, equivalent to over 52 million pieces of plastic a year. This is the retailer’s biggest ever single plastics removal in its history – equivalent to the weight of 43 full London double decker buses. The change will have rolled out to all 13 own-brand lines including top sellers such as whole baby button, closed cup, organic and chestnut mushrooms by the end of the month, helping customers to…

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Watching eye encourages plastics recycling

Plastic in waste streams used for energy recovery is an unnecessary source of fossil carbon dioxide emissions. Three Swedish cities are now testing a new digital camera technology with the goal of making it profitable to improve waste sorting and increase recycling. Waste incineration in state-of-art energy recovery plants is an important service to society. The recovered energy is then a fantastic source of energy for district heating. But if plastic waste is not first sorted out, that part is an unnecessary source of fossil CO2 emissions. Until today, it…

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Aldi Removes Plastic From Its Beer And Cider

Aldi has removed all plastic packaging from its own-label four-pack beers and ciders to further reduce plastic waste. The UK’s fourth-largest supermarket has replaced the plastic shrink wrap and rings with a cardboard alternative. The packaging is fully recyclable at home and removes 95 tonnes of plastic packaging per year, as part of Aldi’s continuing efforts to reduce its environmental impact and develop alternative packaging for its products. Luke Emery, Plastics and Packaging Director at Aldi, said: “Minimising plastic waste is important to both Aldi and our customers, and we are…

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Tesco removes two billion pieces of plastic from its business

Tesco has now removed more than two billion pieces of plastic from its UK business since the launch of its 4Rs – Remove, Reduce, Re-use, Recycle – packaging strategy in 2019. In the last 12 months alone, 500 million pieces of unnecessary plastic have been identified and removed. The most recent annual savings include: More than 30 million plastic yoghurt lids removed Over 29 million pieces of plastic removed from limescale tablets packaging Nearly 24 million plastic windows removed from doughnut packaging Nearly 9 million pieces removed from nappy packaging…

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Sainsbury’s goes trayless on whole chickens, saving over 10 million pieces of plastic a year

Sainsbury’s has announced that its by Sainsbury’s whole chicken range is now trayless, after the retailer removed single-use plastic trays from its packaging. Using a minimum of 50% less plastic, the change is estimated to save 140 tonnes of plastic annually. The trayless products are available in all stores across the UK and online, helping to reduce the amount of single-use plastic customers have to dispose of at home. The change affects five products in total, including all by Sainsbury’s whole chickens ranging from extra small to extra-large sizes. The…

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