Sainsbury’s to “significantly” remove 15 tonnes of plastic

Sainsbury’s has announced its new Halloween decorative range will feature “significantly” reduced amounts of plastic.

The move means the Big 4 grocer is eliminating over 15 tonnes of plastic from circulation.

It announced it is eliminating plastic lamination from its paper plates and bowls, and is redesigning its trick and treat buckets to be made from paper rather than plastic.

Sainsbury’s also announced it is removing plastic packaging from its spooky signs, wreaths and lights.

In addition to this, Sainsbury’s is encouraging customers to squash food waste by only selling edible pumpkins.

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To help reduce food waste, the retailer is asking customers to make the most of the usually discarded pumpkin seeds and flesh from carving their pumpkins.

“As the UK’s love of the spooky holiday grows, it’s really important that we celebrate in a way that’s considerate for the planet,” Sainsbury’s head of technical and ethical Stephen Johnson said.

“We’re committed to reducing plastic packaging across branded and our own brand products by 50 per cent by 2025 and halving food waste across our value chain by 2030, which is why we continue to look at ways we can reduce our impact not only in our business but by helping our customers do the same.”

The move is the latest in a string of initiatives from Sainsbury’s to help the planet by reducing plastic and food waste.

Earlier this year, the retailer announced 520 of its stores now offer recycling for typically hard-to-recycle flexible plastics, including crisp packets and salad pouches – items not easily recycled by local authorities.

Since 2013, the retailer has sent zero waste to landfill and currently partners with over 2250 partners across the UK to donate surplus food.

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