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Tesco scraps plastic on beer and cider

Wed 23 Jun 2021 | 08:24 am GMT
Michelle Urquhart | Products of Change Writer

Tesco beer and cider is now free from shrink wrap and soft plastic rings

Tesco has become the first major retailer to scrap soft plastic rings and shrink wrap packaging from all beers and ciders in its UK stores.  The ground-breaking move, made in hand with many of the leading drinks giants, will lead to 50 million fewer pieces of unrecycled plastic being produced each year. The plastic rings are reviled by environmental groups and those with a green conscience as they can contribute to our oceans being choked up and also endanger wildlife such as birds and turtles. “We are working hand in hand with some of the world’s biggest brands to tackle the problem of unnecessary plastic,” said Tesco quality director Sarah Bradbury. “Our mission is to remove, reduce, reuse and recycle so we use as little material as possible and ensure that all the packaging in our stores can be easily recycled.” Beer and cider brands who sell to Tesco will now use materials for multipacks such as cardboard sleeves, boxes, or a rigid plastic that can be easily recycled via kerbside collections. Heineken has stopped using plastic rings in favour of a cardboard alternative called the Green Grip. James Crampton, corporate affairs director, Heineken UK, said: “Never has sustainability been so high on the agenda and we are incredibly proud to work with Tesco, who like us, see the important role we both play in helping to protect the future of our planet. Green Grip eliminates the plastic rings on cans of beer and cider - it’s a game-changer that impacts hundreds of millions of packs of beers and ciders and removes the equivalent plastic of 94 million plastic bags.”
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