Britains largest retailer, Tesco has revealed that two of its major stores have started a trial to remove some plastic wrapped fruit and vegetable products from its stores. This follows its announcement last year to ban hard-to-recycle plastic packaging by 2019 and, make all packaging fully recyclable by 2025.

Fruit & Veg to go loose

In a bid to cut down plastic waste, the Swindon and Watford Tesco Extra stores will begin a month-long trial. This will involve removing plastic packaging from 45 foods. These will include, apples, onions, mushrooms, peppers, bananas and avocados, where loose alternatives are available.

Tesco’s Director of Quality Sarah Bradbury said: “We want to remove as much plastic as we can from our products. We’ll 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.

“Whatever happens, we’re going to keep reducing the amount of packaging we use and ensure everything on our shelves is fully recyclable.” 

The trial began on Monday 24th March 2019. What do you think of buying loose fruit and veg?