Waitrose to stop selling bagged gardening compost made from peat

Waitrose has brought forward plans to stop selling bagged gardening compost made from peat, pledging to only sell peat-free alternatives by the start of 2022 – helping its customers adopt more sustainable practices in their gardens.  The move will come several years ahead of government plans, which recently announced it intends to ban the sale of compost containing peat to amateur gardeners by the close of the current parliament in 2024. Marija Rompani, Director of Ethics and Sustainability, at the John Lewis Partnership said:  “If rainforests are the lungs of…

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Waitrose ‘unpacks’ more products as demand for refillables grows

 In response to a growing customer demand for refillables, Waitrose is launching more new products as part of their pioneering ‘Unpacked’ refillable concept, including loose tea for the first time.  Sales of refillables at their four Unpacked shops have grown by nearly 9% in the past six months with a number of products proving particularly popular with shoppers. Sales of refillable frozen fruit and vegetables for the same period have increased by more than 50%, detergent and washing-up liquid sales have grown by 24% and pulses, pasta and grains have…

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Waitrose rolls out trial to help customers dispense of hard to recycle flexible plastic packaging in-store.

Waitrose has announced plans to roll out a new trial that will allow its customers to return hard to recycle flexible plastics at their local store. The scheme, which goes live this week at 37 branches serviced by Waitrose’s Leyland Distribution Centre in the North of England, will permit all clean flexible plastics that can be crunched up, stretched, squashed or unfurled to be deposited in-store for an initial period of 12 weeks. Drop off points that have historically been used to recycle plastic bags will be retrofitted to allow…

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Waitrose diverts five million meals through FareShare

Waitrose stores, customer fulfilment centres and distribution centres across the UK have provided the equivalent of five million surplus meals through FareShare. “Everyone has a right to nourishment and FareShare does a fantastic job of diverting healthy and nutritious food to people most in need.”Lindsey Crompton, Social Impact Manager, John Lewis Partnership Through the FareShare Go programme, more than 300 Waitrose stores across the UK redistribute end of day surplus food to local charities and community groups. Typically including items such as bread, fruit and vegetables, that food is then…

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Waitrose launches first own-brand compostable coffee capsules as homemade lattes replace office brews

In a supermarket first, Waitrose will start replacing coffee capsules with a home compostable alternative, saving millions of capsules from landfill.   The previous capsules were made from mixed materials (polypropylene with an aluminium lid) which were difficult to separate for recycling.   Now, they will sell coffee capsules made from bio-sourced materials, including sunflower seed bark and sugars derived from corn, which are fully compostable. The lid is made from cellulose and can also be home-composted. The box is fully recyclable.  Arriving in shops this week, the coffee will be the first…

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