Aug 1, 2019

Waitrose extends 'bring your own containers' anti-plastic scheme

Waitrose is extending a trial to remove packaging from many products after a positive response in its first store. The "Unpacked" scheme was tested in Oxford, with customers using their own containers to buy produce such as pasta, wine and frozen fruit. Now the chain has announced the scheme will be rolled out to stores in Cheltenham, Abingdon and Wallingford. A Waitrose spokesman said feedback from shoppers had been overwhelmingly positive and sales had overtaken those of equivalent packaged products. Waitrose said it was saving money on plastic and packaging from products arriving in the store in bulk or in reusable containers.

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