UK supermarket chain Asda has today reported a huge reduction in plastic waste after switching to plastic alternatives. The popular chain has managed to remove 6,500 tonnes of single-use plastic from its own brand products over the last year.
In a bid to reduce the use of single-use plastics, Asda introduced a number of measure including:
- Swapping out plastic packaging on ready meals for foil
- Removing all plastic wrapping from bed sheets and duvets and replacing them with a cardboard band
- Removing plastic from greetings cards
- Scrapping plastic film from 1.6 million mince pies sold at Christmas
It won’t end there though. The supermarket giant will also ensure:
- In-store cafes will move away from plastic, removing all plastic cutlery, containers and straws
- Trials to remove 5p plastic carrier bags from home deliveries, after phasing them out in stores this year
- Switching packaging on products like herbs and steaks to cardboard alternatives
Asda has committed to making all packaging 100 per cent recyclable by 2025, following Iceland who made a pledge for 2023.