Tesco announces plans to scrap plastic-wrapped tin cans

Good news for the environment, Tesco has announced plans to dispose of plastic-wrapped multipacks in all of its own-brand and brand-name cans.

With the aim of eliminating 350 million tonnes of plastic each year, the UK supermarket will work closely with major companies, including Heinz and Green Giant, to ban all multipacks wrapped in plastic. Instead, all of the boxes will be available individually, with no plastic wrap holding them together.

Customers will also be happy to know that individual cans will still be eligible for Tesco’s multi-buy offers.

The products include:

  • Tesco and Heinz Soups
  • Tesco, Heinz and Branston Baked Bean and Spaghetti Products
  • Tesco canned tomatoes
  • Tesco Sweetcorn and Green Giant
  • Tesco, Princes and John West Tuna

    This new initiative will roll out to all Tesco stores on March 2, 2020, where store buyers will no longer order the plastic-wrapped boxes. This contributes to the supermarket’s commitment to remove one billion pieces of plastic from its branded products by the end of 2020.

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    “We are removing all unnecessary and non-recyclable plastics from Tesco,” Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis said in his press release. “As part of this work, removing plastic-wrapped multipacks from every Tesco store in the UK will reduce 350 tonnes of environmental plastic annually and customers will still receive the same high-value ‘multipack’ price. It’s part of our plan to remove 1 billion pieces of plastic by 2020. “

    Heinz chairman also commented on the new planet-friendly plan. Georgiana de Noronha said: “We are delighted to partner with Tesco on this. 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, because they will always be able to enjoy the same great value for money. “

    Hopefully this new change will see other supermarkets follow suit.

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    Bryce K. Locke