Tesco scraps plastic from tinned multipacks

Tesco scraps plastic from tinned multipacks
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Tesco is removing all plastic from tinned food multipacks in a move that’s expected to eliminate sixty-seven million pieces of plastic.

Instead of plastic wrap to package its multipack of tinned foods, the retailer will towards plastic-free multi-buys in all its UK stores.

In practice, that means tins will be available individually and will no longer be wrapped in any plastic, but they will still be eligible for multibuy deals.

As more than 40% of Tesco shoppers include multipacks in their shop – with 183,000 tinned multipacks brought in its stores every day – eliminating the plastic wrap is clearly a pressing issue.

The change is part of the retailer’s efforts to remove one billion pieces of plastic from its own brand products by the end of 2020. It will, however, also apply to branded products, with Tesco partnering with Kraft Heinz Northern Europe.

“While we know we have more to do, this initiative is good news for the environment, and for the millions of people who enjoy Heinz varieties every day, as they’ll still be able to benefit from the same great value for money,” said Georgiana de Noronha, President of Kraft Heinz Northern Europe.

CEO Dave Lewis said that “removing plastic wrapped multipacks from every Tesco store in the UK will cut 350 tonnes of plastic from the environment every year and customers will still benefit from the same great value ‘multipack’ price.”