Tesco plans to remove 1 billion pieces of plastic from products for sale in UK stores by the end of 2020 creating more sustainable packaging solutions across its own-brands portfolio.

As part of its 4Rs strategy – Remove, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – non-recyclable and excess packaging will be removed from Tesco stores. Where it can’t be discarded, for example where it prevents food waste, the retailer will work with its suppliers to reduce it to an absolute minimum.

The company will explore new opportunities to reuse its sustainable packaging and ensure that anything left is all recycled as part of a closed loop.

To remove 1 billion pieces from Tesco own-brand products by the end of 2020, the retailer will no longer use: small plastic bags, commonly used for fruit, vegetables and bakery items; plastic trays from ready meals; secondary lids on products such as cream, yogurts and cereals; and sporks and straws from snack pots and drinks cartons.

Source: FoodBev