Sainsbury’s scraps plastic packaging on bananas

Sainsbury’s is set to ditch plastic packaging on its five-pack Fairtrade bananas from next week.

The move sees the Big 4 grocer replace the plastic bag with a paper band, rolling out to all stores from 22 May.

As a result, this move will see the supermarket remove 25 million single-use plastic bags, which equates to 75 tonnes of plastic, according to Sainsbury’s.

Additionally, the grocer will be rolling out further plastic reductions across its ranges in the coming months.

This includes removing plastic lids from all its salads and coleslaw ranges, moving all its nut butter packaging to glass this month, and switching its double-strength squash bottles to quadruple strength squash bottles next month.

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From June, Sainsbury’s will also be reducing the use of plastic film in its grated cheese lines and across its dessert cheesecake ranges.

The news comes after supermarkets agreed to scrap packaging on loose fruit and veg within three years in a bid to reduce plastic usage.

Last month, Big 4 grocer Tesco informed its suppliers that it will delist products that fail to comply with the grocer’s decision to move away from plastic in a bid to move towards more reusable products.

Moreover, Iceland’s bid to be plastic-free by the end of the year is likely to be derailed due to the war in Ukraine and the pandemic.

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