£58m of Easter leftovers set for the bin

New research from Tesco and environmental charity Hubbub suggests that £58.4m worth of leftovers are destined for bins in British households this Easter. According to the research, holiday periods are a particularly problematic time for food waste with one in four people (26 per cent) throwing away more food around holidays such as Christmas, Eid, Easter and Diwali. Tesco has therefore created a dedicated No Time For Waste website to help households reduce their food waste and do their bit in the fight against climate change. A staggering 8,490 tonnes…

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Tesco to launch UK’s biggest network of recycling points for soft plastic

Tesco has begun rolling out soft plastic recycling points to 171 stores in the South West of England and Wales with plans to roll out to all large stores nationwide. This will be the first time that the UK has had a network of collection points of this size dedicated to the collection of soft plastic. Most councils don’t collect soft plastic from homes for recycling and it therefore often goes to landfill. The collection points will enable customers to return all their previously unrecycled soft plastic, regardless of where…

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Tesco to sell unwashed potatoes in order to cut down on UK’s number one most wasted food

A move to cut down on food waste by selling unwashed potatoes – and in doing so potentially double their shelf-life – is being launched by Tesco. Until the 1970s most UK supermarkets and greengrocers used to sell unwashed potatoes and by leaving soil on them it would help block out light and slow down their natural decay. Now Tesco is looking at a return to selling potatoes in the traditional way and in doing so, help cut down on what waste advisory action group WRAP, say are the UK’s…

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Tesco takes action to improve marine sustainability, moving to a Seascape approach for tuna sourcing

Tesco has joined WWF in advocating for a Seascape approach to marine sustainability, which is designed to ensure whole marine ecosystems are maintained in a healthy, productive way. The retailer will first adopt the Seascape approach for its tuna sourcing and has set out a roadmap to transition to ecosystem-based fisheries management by 2030. Despite improvements in fisheries management, marine biodiversity continues to be at risk from overfishing, with 94% of all fish stocks either overfished or at a maximum sustainable level. Amongst the species most as risk is tuna,…

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Tesco announces long-term support for 1,300 of its smallest suppliers

Tesco has announced its improved payment terms for its smallest suppliers will remain in place until the end of February 2022. The improved terms have been supporting suppliers since March last year and now more than 1,300 of Tesco’s smallest suppliers will continue to have their invoices paid immediately, instead of the usual 14 days. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, smaller suppliers have been amongst the hardest hit in the food industry. The extension of Tesco’s improved payment terms will mean small businesses will continue to be supported…

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