tesco throws down the gauntlet to supermarkets by banning all non-recyclable packaging on own brand products - polyethylene terephthalate film
PVC packaging on supermarket food, polystyrene pizza base and yogurt cans will be removed from the shelves, a new attack on "plastic poisoning.
Tesco's move is part of a broader move aimed at disposable plastic packaging, which may be a "game --changer'.
Britain's largest supermarket has announced a new plan to dramatically reduce the amount of plastic it uses.
Label the product before the end of next year.
The PVC stretch film used on mushrooms, some cooked meat and some sausages will be replaced.
The polystyrene base used on the pizza was also replaced by cardboard.
Polystyrene yogurt pot can also be used.
The company said it is working with suppliers to clear all plastic packaging that is difficult to recycle from its own label products by the end of 2019.
This may mean that black plastic pallets used in ready-to-eat food, fish, meat and some agricultural products will have to be used because they are not easy to recycle.
Laminated bags for some pet food and baby food also seem to have to be replaced.
Tesco said it would move towards pulp packaging, cardboard, paper, glass, steel and aluminum from sustainable sources.
It will continue to use certain plastics that are easy to collect and recycle, such as PET and polyethylene films used in bottles.
Tesco has also joined the ranks of more and more industry leaders to support the introduction of deposit and return plans (DRS)
For beverage bottles and cans.
Other supporters include Coca.
Coke, Iceland and Unitedop.
Greenpeace welcomed the move, but noted that Tesco is still lagging behind Iceland in addressing the problem, with Iceland promising to remove all plastics from its own-brand products by 2023.
Importantly, since Tesco is currently the largest supermarket in the UK, it has a huge impact on suppliers and the rest of the commercial street.
Interestingly, the chain said it would not switch to a new generation of factories --
Water-based bio-plastic or oxygen-degraded plastic.
They do break down, but leave tiny particles that are potentially harmful to the environment and wildlife.
Elena Polisano, a marine activist at Greenpeace UK, said: "Tesco may be a game as the largest grocery store in the UK --
Replacement of plastic packaging.
By promising to quickly eliminate some of the plastic that is difficult to recycle, it raises the threshold for action on the problem plastic.
Tesco admits that we can't blindly replace plastic with bio-plastic, some of which also persist in the environment and cause harm to wildlife, so it promises to avoid mistakes
But she says there is more work to be done in the company.
Tesco is not set too much-
She said there is a need to set goals to reduce the number of plastic packages per year, and all supermarkets have to do so to curb plastic pollution.
Iceland is leading the way to reduce emissions with a commitment to eliminate singles
By 2023, the use of plastic packaging on its own brand products, Lidl is working to achieve a reduction by 2022.
'We hope other retailers, including Tesco, will follow up on public price cuts, 'he said.
We are challenging all supermarkets to reduce their orders
Use the plastic footprint in the shortest possible time while they should pull out all the stops to remove unnecessary and non-
Recyclable Plastic packaging before 2019.
"Now that we know what it does to our ocean, it just needs to go.
Chief product officer Jason Tarry, who revealed details of the Tesco program, spoke to hundreds of vendors at an event organized by the grocery store distribution Institute (IDG)yesterday.
In addition to replacing plastic, Tesco is still fighting for the UK to adopt
According to The Grocer, the package is called a "closed loop system" and everything used is collected and recycled.
It said that this would require the government and local councils to establish a unified recycling system in the UK, replacing the system where there are "extreme" differences in materials currently collected between towns.
Mr. Tarry said: "We are committed to reducing the total amount of packaging used throughout the business.
Ideally, we want to go into the closed loop system.
"We will work with our suppliers to redesign and reduce all packaging materials, and after consulting with our leading suppliers earlier this year, we will clear our business by 2019 difficult to recycle
To complete the journey of the closed loop approach, we are ready to work with the government to reform the UK's current recycling approach.