Products of Change


Tue 22 Jun 2021 | by Michelle Urquhart

Packaging top priority for Tesco

Packaging must be the best it can at all stages of its life, from being sustainably sourced, through to working well when used and finally it must be recyclable or reused at the end of its life. As the third largest retailer in Europe, there is no doubt that Tesco impacts the environment. However this grocery giant is implementing aggressive targets to reduce this. Paul Earnshaw, senior packaging manager for Tesco will address the Sustainability in Licensing Conference on Thursday June 24, sharing with delegates Tesco’s ambitious packaging strategies and what it requires from suppliers as well as its own action to meet both its self-imposed targets and new government legislation. Paul will give insight into Tesco’s three main targets: - Remove red materials and formats (Tesco has a red list of materials which it avoids as customers can not easily recycle in the UK) - All paper and cardboard packaging to be sustainably sourced
- Permanently remove half a billion pieces of plastic He will talk about the packaging lifecycle and the entire chain that needs to be considered, right from sourcing sustainable materials in the first place, creating a product that is fit for purpose – both for shipping and selling and finally what happens to the packaging at the end of its life. Paul will talk at the Sustainability in Licensing Conference on June 24 at 11am. Tickets to the two-day digital conference are £100 (+VAT) and available from, or from Clare Hollick of Createvents (event support) on or by calling 0118 334 0085. Products of Change members can save 20% on ticket prices. As well as access to the two-day conference, delegates will also be able to check out the content on-demand for 30 days afterwards.