Tesco saves 45million pieces of plastic in war on waste, as it ditches plastic wrapping
- Tesco said it will save 12 million pieces of plastic, by ditching the material
- Shoppers can mix and match flavours but pay the same as the plastic multipack
- Cans of fizz are being sold for 50p each but shoppers can pick any four for £1
Shoppers can now buy multipacks of soft drinks without all the plastic wrapping.
In a move set to save 45 million pieces of plastic a year, Tesco is ditching the wrapping on its own-brand juice cartons, water bottles and fizzy drink cans.
Instead, shoppers can buy the same number of single drinks – mixing and matching flavours – and pay the same as they did for the plastic-covered multipack.
Tesco spokesman Johnny Neville said: ‘Not only is this move great news for the environment but it will also offer customers more choice and flexibility’
Cans of fizz that used to come only in a pack of four for £1 are being sold as individual cans for 50p each – but shoppers can pick any four for £1.
The UK supermarket said that the move will save 12 million pieces of plastic. A further 33 million will be saved from the autumn when more plastic is removed. Children’s drinks, energy drinks, larger bottles of water and litre cartons of fruit juice will then come under the deal, which customers need a Clubcard to use.
Tesco spokesman Johnny Neville said: ‘Not only is this move great news for the environment but it will also offer customers more choice and flexibility.’
Customers are focused on getting great value right now, but they still want to use less plastic.
To meet customer demand, supermarkets and brands are all trying to reduce the amount of single use plastic in their packaging.
Selling multipacks of soft drinks without the plastic wrapping will save 45 million pieces of plastic a year
In January 2020, Tesco saved 67 million pieces of plastic a year by removing multipack wraps from all its tins, including branded and own-brand beans, soup and tuna.
The same year, Heineken – which also manufacturers Foster’s and Kronenbourg 1664 – also removed the plastic rings holding its alcoholic beverages together and replaced them with a cardboard version.
This was designed to cut 517million tonnes of plastic globally a year, and also remove the rings that can trap or choke birds, fish and turtles.
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