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Sainsbury’s Ditches Plastics For Loose Offerings

by | June 10, 2019

Sainsbury’s ditches plastics for its loose offerings; becomes UK’s first retailer to do so

Recently, major retail outlets are trying their best to combat plastic pollution. As such, the UK supermarket giant Sainsbury’s have announced their plans to shed plastics for all their loose products including baked goods, in the upcoming months. Know more here.

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Sainsbury’s Ditches Plastics Off Its Loose Offering

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Sainsbury’s Ditches Plastics For Loose Offerings

Starting this September, Sainsbury’s products, to include bakery items, will be packaged in paper-based bags; as opposed to plastic. The same will go for loose fruits and veggies. Also, buyers will have the option to purchase recycled shopping bags from the store, or bring their own. This is all part of the initiative to eliminate plastic, according to the company.

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Sainsbury’s Ditches Plastics Off Its Loose Offering

According to Sainsbury’s, following this step, they will cut as much as 1,284 tons of plastic this year. This value includes cutting off the current 498 tons of plastic used for the sale of loose fruits, veggies, and bakery products. The company also stated they’ve already taken measures to reduce 8,101 tons of ‘virgin’ and non-recyclable plastics each year. Now after their latest efforts, the reduced footprint will be an estimated 10k tons of plastic.

The supermarket giant also seeks to reduce plastic cutlery products like trays, lids, and sleeves used in their stores.

Committed to Betterment

Regarding the measures taken so far, CEO of Sainsbury’s, Mike Coupe, said they’re absolutely committed to reducing unnecessary plastics from the store. He was further quoted saying-

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“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.”

Mike Coupe via

How do you feel about Sainsbury’s steps to combat plastic pollution? Just recently, another major UK retailer Waitrose took a drastic step to fight the same poisonous pollution. Read our coverage on the news here. Let me know your thoughts in comments.

Sainsbury’s Ditches Plastics Off Its Loose Offering
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