Big 4 grocer Tesco has informed its suppliers that it reserves the right to delist products that fail to comply with its move on plastic, as it urges to “accelerate progress” and to and to “go further and faster in removing plastic”, in an aim to move towards more reusable products.
Tesco will instead focus on selling more loose and unpackaged products, including fresh fruit and vegetables, alongside an upscale of the use of concentrates and reusable and refillable packaging.
The move comes as part of the grocers pledge of removing plastic from a total of five billion products by 2025.
This also comes part of the supermarket giant’s ‘4Rs’ (remove, reduce, reuse, recycle) strategy, which was launched in 2019. As a result, the company had removed 1.6 billion pieces of plastic across 1,500 lines in February.
“We’ve already made progress to minimise the environmental impact of our packaging, but we know there is more we can do with suppliers on the issue of plastic waste,” Tesco group quality director Sarah Bradbury said.
“We’re bringing suppliers together to work solutions because we are determined to go further and accelerate our progress, with a focus on the areas of greatest impact.”