UK Supermarket Tesco trials removing plastic from fruit and veg

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Tesco has removed an extensive selection of plastic wrapped fruit and veg products from two of its stores. The retailer’s latest move toward sustainable packaging will trial removing packaged fruit and veg wherever a loose alternative exists.

A total of forty five packaged foods will be taken out of two stores, where customers will be able to buy fruit and veg free from their packaging.

This comes as a part of Tesco’s commitments to reduce the amount of packaging in its stores and ensure any remaining plastic has a clear purpose and is recyclable.

Tesco has also committed to halve packaging weight by 2025, make all packaging fully recyclable by 2025; and ensure all paper and board used is 100% sustainable by 2025. The supermarket is working to create a closed loop for its packaging, including eliminating hard-to-recycle materials, reducing overall packaging volumes and making it easier for customers to recycle.

“We want to remove as much plastic as we can from our products, only using what is necessary to protect and preserve our food. We hope this trial proves popular with customers. We’ll be keeping a close eye on the results, including any impact on food waste. Whatever happens, we’re going to keep reducing the amount of packaging we use and ensure everything on our shelves is fully recyclable”, said Sarah Bradbury, Tesco’s Director of Quality.

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