Asda announces series of pledges to reduce plastic waste

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
Asda will phase out single use plastic bags during 2018

Supermarket chain Asda has pledged it will reduce the amount of plastic in its own branded packaging by 10% this year.

In a document published on its website, Plastic Unwrapped, Asda said it would phase out single use plastic carrier bags during 2018 in favour of “bags for life” and launch a zero profit reusable coffee cup.

Changes to packaging will include a switch from polystyrene pizza bases to cardboard and changing coloured drinks bottles to clear plastic.

Single use cups and plastic cutlery will be removed from its offices in 2018 and in stores and cafes by the end of 2019.

The supermarket will also create a Plastic Ideas Hub, which offers a £10,000 award for every “scalable and workable” idea which helps Asda tackle plastic waste.

Roger Burnley, Asda president and chief executive, said: “I truly believe that when you serve 18 million people each week and have the ability to make a difference to them, you should do it.

“We have challenged ourselves to look at what more we can do to reduce the amount of plastic in our business, and within our industry as a whole.”

Asda said it would publish regular updates for customers to follow its progress.

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