Tesco and Asda make major changes to products including chocolate and beer – what to know

Tesco outline their latest shopping measures ahead of lockdown

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Many supermarkets are making an effort to become more sustainable and cut back on the use of plastic. Tesco and Asda have shared their latest plans.

Tesco

The supermarket giant has made a number of changes in stores to benefit the environment.

It has recently shared plans to collect and recycle 1,000 tonnes of plastic a year.

Now, it aims to change the packaging on popular products in all stores.

Tesco will stop ordering beer and cider packs with plastic rings and they will no longer be sold in branches.

By doing this, the retailer aims to have 50 million fewer pieces of plastic produced each year.

Companies such as Heineken and Molson Coors have already made the switch to cardboard packaging.

Not only do the plastic rings cause more new plastic to be produced, they are also dangerous to wildlife.

Tesco quality director Sarah Bradbury said: “We are working hand in hand with some of the world’s biggest brands to tackle the problem of unnecessary plastic.

“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.”

Asda

Asda has been making changes in stores to become more sustainable and has even launched sustainability stores which sell products with less packaging.

The retailer has now published its first environmental, social, and governance report.

The study interviewed 3,000 customers to discover their top priority was affordable ‘green’ choices, cutting food waste and reducing single use plastic.

Asda concluded with plans to remove three billion pieces of plastic from products in the next four years.

This could change how popular products are packaged and sourced.

Asda added 20 of its top products, including cotton and cocoa, will be sustainably sourced by 2025.

Roger Burnley, Asda CEO and President, said: “Asda has always been a retailer that sits at the heart of the communities it serves and the events of the last 12 months have highlighted the important role we play in helping to tackle societal challenges.

“Despite the challenges of the pandemic, we have not lost sight of our wider ESG responsibilities and this report provides an update of where Asda is now on the issues that matter most to our colleagues, customers and communities and importantly where we want to be in the future.

“It builds upon our existing create change for better commitments.

“The resilience we have shown during the last 12 months means we are well positioned to help customers make greener, healthier and responsible choices when they shop with us.”

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