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Supermarket chain, Tesco, has begun a month-long trial to remove plastic packaging from its fruit and veg aisle in two of its stores, following previous announcements to cut down on packaging.
The trial, which will make around 45 loose foods available to purchase without packaging, will take place in two Tesco Extra stores in Watford, and Swindon.
‘Only using what is necessary’
Sarah Bradbury, Tesco’s director of quality, said: “We want to remove as much plastic as we can from our products, only using what is necessary to protect and preserve our food.
“We hope this trial proves popular with customers. We’ll be keeping a close eye on the results, including any impact on food waste.”
Bradbury added: “Whatever happens, we’re going to keep reducing the amount of packaging we use and ensure everything on our shelves is fully recyclable.”
‘Committed’ to reducing plastic
Last year, the supermarket chain announced its aim to ban all hard-to-recycle plastics by the end of 2019, which includes materials such as polystyrene.
According to the Independent, at an industry event, Jason Tarry, chief product officer at Tesco, said the company is: “Committed to reducing the total amount of packaging used across our business.”