Further commitments from Sainsbury’s on plastics reduction

Further commitments from Sainsbury’s on plastics reduction

June 12, 2019
Press Release: Sainsbury's

Sainsbury’s first UK supermarket to remove plastic bags for loose fruit, vegetables and bakery items from all stores, offering paper and re-usable bags made from recycled materials

Last week, Sainsbury’s committed to cutting a further 1,284 tonnes of plastic this year, including removing 489 tonnes’ worth of plastic bags, which are currently used for loose fruit, vegetables and bakery items.

By September, paper bags will be available to customers for loose bakery items. Customers buying loose fruit and vegetables will either be able to bring their own bags or buy a re-usable bag made from recycled materials.

Sainsbury’s has previously implemented measures that are already leading to a reduction of 8,101 tonnes of non-recyclable plastic and ‘virgin plastic’ every year. Its latest efforts bring this total to more than 10,000 tonnes. This is in addition to its commitments to ensure all plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

Sainsbury’s will also remove plastic cutlery from stores as well as plastic trays for asparagus and sweetcorn (144 tonnes), plastic lids from cream pots (114 tonnes), plastic trays for tomatoes (102 tonnes), plastic trays for carrots (38 tonnes) and plastic sleeves from herb pots (18 tonnes).

The company has also committed to replace black plastic trays with recyclable alternatives (6,000 tonnes), plastic film on fruit and vegetables with a recyclable alternative (2,518 tonnes), PVC and polystyrene trays with recyclable alternatives (1,213 tonnes), plastic trays for eggs with a fiber-based alternative (341 tonnes) and plastic cutlery for takeaway food with wooden alternatives (38 tonnes).

“We are absolutely committed to reducing unnecessary plastic packaging in Sainsbury’s stores,” confirmed Mike Coupe, Sainsbury’s CEO. “Our customers expect us to be leading the way on major issues like this, so I am determined to remove and replace plastic packaging where we can and offer alternatives to plastic where packaging is still required to protect a product.”

Sainsbury’s recently shared commitments for removing and replacing plastic, while ensuring as many of its products as possible are made from recycled material and are recyclable after use.

This included a pledge to end the use of dark coloured plastics (which are difficult to recycle) across fresh foods by the end of 2019 and entirely by March 2020. With this latest announcement, Sainsbury’s has confirmed black plastic trays will be replaced with recyclable alternatives by the end of the year, with black ready-meal trays replaced within the next two months.

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