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Tesco removes 1 billion pieces of plastic

Thu 07 Jan 2021 | 07:54 am GMT
Michelle Urquhart | Products of Change Writer

Tesco has removed 1 billion pieces of plastic from its range

Removing multipack wraps from own label and branded tins, like Heinz Beans, cut 67 million pieces of plastic The 1 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.” Top five ways Tesco has removed plastic: - Removing multipack wraps from own label and branded tins, like Heinz Beans, cut 67 million pieces of plastic - Tesco worked with greeting cards supplier Hallmark to remove plastic covers from own-label and branded cards which saved 44 million pieces of plastic a year - Removing secondary lids from products saved over a hundred million pieces of plastic: 54 million pieces from baby wipes, 34 million from pots of cream, 34 million from salads - Tesco removed over 20 million pieces of plastic from its 2020 Christmas range. Crackers, lights, cards and puddings have all been produced using less single use plastic - Removing plastic trays from sausage rolls and slices saved over 24 million pieces of plastic
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