Tesco removes 20m items of plastic from Christmas range

The UK’s largest supermarket has also eliminated glitter from single-use products to make them recyclable.

Tesco has removed more than 20m items of single-use plastic from its Christmas range this year which includes crackers, lights, cards and the packaging for puddings.

A layer of plastic had been removed from packaging on puddings and sponges which will save 1.78m pieces of plastic. It has also removed glitter from products and packaging such as gift wraps, bags, and cards, making them recyclable, as reported by The Guardian.

“It is an absolute priority of ours to remove and reduce the amount of plastic in our stores to the minimum and ensure everything we use is recycled and kept out of the environment. Christmas time is no exception and we want to do our bit to help customers have more sustainable celebrations,” said Sarah Bradbury, Tesco’s quality director.

“This is great news from Tesco, and it’s an important commitment given the damage we all know that glitter and throwaway plastic is doing to our marine environment. Now we want to see Tesco go even further and show even greater ambition, by setting market-leading targets for reuse and refill systems both in store and online across as much of their range as possible,” Nina Schrank, a plastics campaigner at Greenpeace UK.

Recently, Asda launched its first sustainable Christmas range which, according to them, will save 66 tonnes of plastic this year. Morrisons also removed glitter from its own-brand ranges.

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