In a huge win for the environment, 42 supermarkets in Britain have vowed to eliminate packaging that can’t be reused by 2025. Called the UK Plastic Pact, the initiative includes chip packets, pizza bases, ready-meal trays, food pouches and more.
Major supermarkets and food and drink brands including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Coca-Cola, Nestle and Unilever have signed the agreement. Morrisons also announced it would trial removing plastic from fruit and vegetables as well. Customers would be encouraged to bring their own containers for produce.
Packaging that can be reused, recycled or composted will not be included in the ban.
Supermarket chain Iceland, which has long led the push against plastic waste, is also promising big changes. “We have taken the decision not to participate directly in the pact because we have already taken a more far-reaching decision to eliminate plastic packaging from our own label range in its entirety by 2023”, says Richard Walker, the supermarket chain’s boss, said. “Given the scale of our ambition, we feel that is right to focus all Iceland’s resources on delivering this”, The Daily Mail reports.