Many UK supermarkets have introduced restrictions on various types of packaging in an effort to reduce waste.
Over the past year or so, Tesco, Waitros, Sainsbury’s, Aldi and Asta have all pledged to reduce the use of non-essential plastics.
While these changes will not have a big impact on how we shop, they will help ensure that we live in a healthier world for years to come. Mylandon reported.
Here are the changes brought about by supermarkets since the New Year and how shoppers will be affected:
Tesco will no longer offer plate liners or essential plastic bags from mid-April.
In a message to shoppers, Tesco wrote: “Since April 19, we have been removing plate liners and non-essential plastic bags from all online orders. If you place your order before April 19 for delivery after that date, you will still receive plate liners if you ask.
“In response to COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of our customers and colleagues, we reintroduced carrier bags for all online orders. However, we know how many of you care about plastics – and we know one important thing is to play a role in reducing plastic consumption. . “
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The email continues: “This means you will no longer have the option of stuffing your plastic bags or trays in liners. Your groceries will be placed directly on our trays instead. For health and safety reasons, we continue to use red plastic bags for meat, fish and some household cleaners. And you can also make sure that we continue to work hard to keep other delivery equipment hygienic.
“If your order is placed, we recommend that you be prepared to pack your own bags. If these are not available at the door, do not worry – there is always time to catch them. You are vulnerable, disabled or elderly. They will not be able to enter your home.
“If you are collecting your order, the process may vary slightly depending on the store. When you arrive at the collection point of your choice, please stay in your car. One of our co-workers will greet you and let you know how you are. I will receive your shopping bags to open your shop. Or we recommend making boxes. “
Email Completed: “If you have any special needs, you can let us know your order by filling the Delivery Notes box when you see it.”
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Sainsbury’s has announced a new ban that will affect shoppers in all its supermarkets.
The retailer has promised to remove plastic straw from its shelves.
A total of 18.5 million plastic straws will be removed from circulation each year, which equates to a reduction of 6.6 tons of plastic
Since halving the use of plastic packaging by 2025 and promising to become Net Zero in its operations by 2040, Sainsbury’s has removed thousands of tons of plastic from the business.
Claire Hughes, Director of Production and Innovation at Sainsbury’s, said: “As we work to reduce, reuse, replace and recycle plastic packaging, we are committed to trying and testing innovative new packaging alternatives for our products.
“Removing 18.5 million straws from circulation each year is a great achievement and our goal is approaching.”
He added: “In anticipation, we will continue to work with our suppliers, manufacturers, customers and other retailers to reduce the amount of single-use plastic across the supply chain, while also investing in research and development of products and technologies.
“We look forward to hearing feedback from our colleagues and customers on this latest packaging move.”
Aldi also stopped supplying plastic bags for fruit and vegetables and stopped engaging in the disposal of plastic items.
According to reports, the supermarket has promised to remove all plastic straw from its own brand of cartons. Birmingham Live.
The ban will remove 70 million plastic straws from circulation – the equivalent of more than 100 tons of non – recyclable plastic each year.
Richard Korman, Director of Plastics and Packaging in Aldi UK, said: “The removal of plastic straws from the cartons of native brand drinks is another step in our journey to reduce plastic packaging in our products.
“Our customers want eco-friendly products, and plastic straw is one thing, in particular, we want to help people make a difference.”
The move is one of several packaging changes introduced by Aldi as it halves the amount of plastic packaging used by the end of 2025.
Asta has unveiled a packaging ban in the UK that will affect 630 stores across the country.
The supermarket chain made this decision in an effort to reduce plastic waste.
Vaitros will remove free plastic fruit and vegetable bags from its stores – meaning customers will have to pay 30p per person or bring their own.
It said more than 100 meters of plastic pieces would be removed from the shelves this year, Manchester Evening News reports .
Instead of a free, single-use plastic bag, the supermarket will offer the reusable 30B option from recycled plastic bottles.
Vaitros recently banned all plastic disposable toys from children’s magazines.
The retailer explained that toys have a short shelf life and cannot be easily recycled.
For more than eight weeks (starting March 23) the waitress will remove the magazine with the free toys from its shelves.
The move was inspired by 10-year-old Sky from Wales.
Educational or reusable craft items designed for multiple use, such as colored pens and pencils and collectibles, will not be barred.