Supermarket plastic rises despite reduction pledges

MS plastic take-back initiative

Plastic use at supermarkets has risen despite commitments to reducing plastic waste.

Supermarket plastic has risen to 900,000 tonnes according to an Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and Greenpeace report.

Seven out of 10 top UK supermarkets increased their plastic footprint, while Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsbury’s registered slight reductions.

Aldi and Asda were at the bottom of the table for reducing plastic use and Iceland dropped from the top spot last year to seventh place this year.

The survey showed the main cause for the increase was lack of action from big brands being stocked in the supermarkets, meaning grocers failed to enforce rules with suppliers.

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