Supermarkets crack down on single-use plastic

UK supermarkets are under severe pressure to crack down on their plastic usage. As of 2022 a new tax will be implemented on retailers that fail to meet a minimum threshold of at least 30% recycled content.

This Christmas, supermarkets including Tesco, M&S, Waitrose, ASDA, Morrisons and Iceland have made the move to reduce their single-use plastic products. Tesco announced this week that they have removed 20 million items of plastic from their Christmas range alone. Greenpeace estimates that a truckload of plastic enters the ocean every single minute and UK supermarkets produce 800,000 tonnes every year.

With the efforts being made by our largest supermarkets, minus Sainsbury’s, it’s expected that we will see up to 15% reduction in plastic wastage resulting in 100,000 tonnes, or the equivalent of 10 Eiffel towers being removed from our ocean. We can enjoy the festive season without the unnecessary waste that puts at danger our marine and wildlife. It’s a step in the right direction.

Eliminating waste from the UK’s largest festive period is progress but there’s a lot more to do throughout the year. It’s great to see large supermarkets addressing societal issues and making the necessary changes needed to a more sustainable future.

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