Tesco confirms it removed 1 billion pieces of plastic in 2020

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.