Jan 24, 2020

Tesco to ditch plastic-wrap for multipack tins

Tesco is removing plastic wrapping from its multipack tins in an effort to cut down on waste. More than 40% of Tesco customers buy tinned multipacks, with 183,000 sold across its stores every day. "We are removing all unnecessary and non-recyclable plastic from Tesco," said Tesco chief executive, Dave Lewis. "It's great that Tesco are getting rid of multipack plastic packaging that's completely pointless and are also pressuring their branded suppliers like Heinz and Branston to do the same," said Fiona Nicholls, ocean plastics campaigner for Greenpeace UK. She added: "This is such an easy, common sense first step that all supermarkets should have done this long ago. We urge retailers to end the nonsense of double-plastic packaging on all products straight away, and be bolder by introducing reusable and refillable packaging." "We need to remove unnecessary single-use plastic wherever possible, to stop the contamination of the natural world," said Paula Chin, from the WWF. The top eight UK supermarkets produced 58.3 billion pieces of plastic packaging last year, according to a report last year by Greenpeace and the Environmental Investigation Agency.

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