Tesco announces 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 gifts
The one billion target was part of Tesco’s commitment to tackle plastics through its 4Rs packaging strategy: To remove it where it can, reduce where it can't, reuse more and recycle what's left. The strategy has seen a business-wide programme of change that assesses every piece of packaging and removes all unnecessary and non-recyclable material.
Tesco Quality Director, Sarah Bradbury, said:
“Our own-label and branded suppliers have had a lot to contend with in 2020 so removing a billion pieces of plastic is fantastic progress. Our work to Remove, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle will continue into 2021 – there is no place for unnecessary or non-recyclable packaging in our business.