Asda unveils first Scottish refill store ahead of COP26

Asda has unveiled its first Scottish refill store in Toryglen, Glasgow, marking the next step in the Big 4 grocer’s sustainability plans. 

The store will supply over 60 unpackaged products ranging from tea, coffee, rice, pasta and cereals, which customers can collect with their own container or a reusable container available for purchase in-store.  

It is set to provide a variety of branded and own-brand products for customers to choose from, partnering with British food producers including Unilever, Naploina, Yorkshire Tea and Kellogg’s. 

The supermarket’s ‘Greener at Asda Price’ commitment will also provide all refill products at either the same price or cheaper than their packaged counterparts.  

Customers can also return used Unilever bottles for a £2 voucher per shower, hair and soap bottle returned and a £3 voucher for each laundry bottle returned to the store’s reverse vending machine. 

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The opening follows the launch of Asda’s first refill store in Leeds in October 2020, and precedes the launch of its upcoming refill outlets in York and Milton Keynes which are set to open by the end of 2021.  

The move comes as part of the grocer’s promise to remove three billion pieces of single use plastic from its stores by 2025, ahead of the UN Climate Conference (COP26) in Glasgow on October 31.  

“We have chosen Scotland as the location for our second refill store because it is an important market for Asda and a place where we regularly receive constructive feedback from our customers,” Asda director of commercial sustainability Susan Thomas said. 

“This feedback is very important to us as we refine our refill offering in stores and work towards a goal of making refill and reuse part of every shopping trip. 

“With COP26 coming to Glasgow, there has certainly been an increase in interest in environmental issues across the country, so to see refill land in the host city and with such engaged customers is a really important moment for us.” 

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