Tesco has removed one billion pieces of plastic from its UK supply chain.
The reduction in the amount of plastic the grocery giant uses, was aided through its four-part environmental commitment to remove excess plastic, reduce where possible, reuse more, and recycle what cannot be reused.
Sarah Bradbury, Quality Control Director at Tesco said: “Our work to Remove, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle will continue into 2021 – there is no place for unnecessary or non-recyclable packaging in our business.”
At the beginning of 2020, the retailer removed plastic wrapped multipacks from its stores, to save 67 million pieces of plastic annually.
Tesco also met with its 1,500 suppliers to inform them that packaging would be a “key part of its decision-making process”, to determine which products are sold in its stores.
Paula Chin, Sustainable Materials Specialist at WWF said: “Plastic pollution continues to be one of the most visible symptoms of the environmental crisis we are currently facing.
“Businesses, governments and households have all got an important part to play.”