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 shoppers thanked for donating more than a million meals to help others

Holding the Tesco Food Collections, which ran for three days in large stores, is just one of a number of ways in which Tesco supports the two food charities. The supermarket has provided more than £60m in support to help the charities feed communities during the pandemic. During the initial lockdown Tesco donated £15m of food, split between the two charities. The supermarket has announced a further £4m of food for FareShare in recent months and donates two million meals a month of surplus food via the charity. This year’s…

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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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From solar farms to electric delivery fleets: Tesco takes action to hit net zero in UK by 2035

To help bring forward its ambition to become net zero in the UK by 2035, 15 years earlier than planned, Tesco is taking new action to help tackle the two biggest sources of emissions in the UK – electricity production and transport.  Tesco is launching a new partnership with renewable energy investor, Low Carbon, that will see the creation of three new solar farms in the UK. The solar farms in Essex, Anglesey and Oxfordshire will generate up to 130GWh of energy per year, enough to power 44,828 three-bedroom homes, and help Tesco procure more renewable energy with additionality for the grid. The work is part of the retailer’s commitment…

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Ground-breaking Tesco move to change cheese packaging will save 260 tonnes of plastic annually

A ground-breaking move by Tesco to change the packaging of its own label hard cheeses will save 260 tonnes of plastic each year. The saving – equal in weight to 20 double decker buses – has been made by switching from the traditional square block shape to oblong packaging and also by removing the current re-sealable zip. New 400g pack sizes are replacing 460g packs and both they and existing 220g packs have had their re-sealable zip removed. Nearly 40 lines of Tesco’s own brand territorial hard cheeses have been…

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