Tesco has announced a sweeping change to benefit the environment.
The supermarket company has unveiled plans to wipe plastic rings on beer and cider cans sold in its stores.
It has become the first retailer to make the change, now selling only cardboard shirts, boxes or several packages made of a recyclable plastic.
The supermarket will stop ordering items that use plastic rings. The move is expected to lead to the production of less than 50 million new plastics each year.
Many large beer companies, including Heineken and Molson Coors, have already switched to card packaging.
Animal charities often warn about the dangers of plastic hoops. Plastic rings have been polluting the oceans for years and endangering wildlife.
Sarah Bradbury, Tesco’s Director of Quality, said: “We work with some of the world’s largest brands to address the problem of unwanted plastics. Our purpose is to use as little material as possible for disposal, reduction, reuse and recycling, and to ensure that all packaging in our stores is easily recycled. ”
Earlier this year, Tesco announced plans to collect and recycle 1,000 tons of soft plastic each year.
Collection points are rolled out at 171 stores so customers can retrieve all previously unrecycled soft plastic, regardless of where they were purchased, with sticky film, pet food bags and soft pockets.
Once collected, the old soft plastic is sent for recycling, which is washed, sorted and processed before being converted into new packaging. It can be used as packaging items such as food, household and beauty products.