Tesco boss promises ban on brands that use ‘excessive’ plastic

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Tesco boss Dave Lewis has said the grocer will step up efforts to cut down on single-use plastics by adding measures that would include banning brands that use “excessive” plastic packaging from its shelves.

Writing in The Guardian, the chief executive of the UK’s largest supermarket said Tesco would “reserve the right not to list” products with too much non-recyclable plastic from 2020.

The retailer issued suppliers with a list of preferred materials in May 2018 but is now looking to increase public awareness of the issue, having also recently announced it would no longer be using plastic bags for grocery deliveries.

Lewis said: “We can’t overlook the fact that for too long packaging on consumer goods has been excessive.”

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