Asda is urging customers to be more conscious about how much non-recyclable plastic they use, by encouraging customers to bring in refillable containers.
Asda, which is owned by American retail corporation Walmart, has said that over the course of the next three months they will be trialing and implementing the use of recyclable and reusable plastic.
A firm spokesperson stated that this trial could involve shoppers using in-store dispensers to refill their glass or plastic containers.
As of now, it has not been confirmed which foods customers can fill their containers with. Although, the firm may follow in the footsteps of Waitrose who allow shoppers to refill containers with foods such as pasta, rice, and cereal.
The store hopes that this will cut approximately 19,500 tonnes of non-recyclable plastics being used. This should help the firm fulfill their quota of using a third of its own-brand plastic packaging to be made from recyclable materials by 2020.
A firm spokesperson said: “The elimination of avoidable plastic, and crucially single-use plastic, is at the top of our minds – and at the top of our customers’ minds.
“Our focus is on removing unnecessary plastic, and where packaging is beneficial to the life of a product we will trial new solutions that are as recycled and as recyclable as possible.”
Asda previously stated in February 2018 that more than 6,500 tonnes of plastic packaging have been cut from its own-brand range. This is in the hope of reducing the total amount of plastic being used in its own-brand packaging by 15 percent in February 2021. Eventually aiming for all its own-brand packaging to be completely recyclable by 2025.
Other stores appear to be following suit, with Tesco encouraging their customers to be more eco-friendly and conscious. Last year, the store launched the UK’s first large-scale trial of refillable containers for their online shoppers.
The scheme is called Loop and so far includes 5,000 customers whose orders are delivered in stainless steel, aluminum, thick plastic or glass containers. These can be returned to Tesco and be cleaned and refilled, for the next customer.
Customers will need to put down a deposit for each container, in order to guarantee their return. Depending on the size of the container the price will vary, with glass bottles costing 80p.
However, not all products will be available for purchase via Loop. The scheme has around 150 products, including Tropicana and Persil.
It was revealed in November 2018 study that Britain’s top 10 supermarkets are damaging the planet with approximately 810,000 tonnes of single-use plastics, per year.
Due to this, supermarkets are making it a priority to make sustainability one of their main concerns in recent years.
Aldi has pledged to make all its own-label packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2022.
In other news, Iceland has introduced a plastic bottle recycling scheme into four of its stores based around the UK. This took place in June 2018, and customers were rewarded with 10p vouchers for each deposit made.
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