One of the "Big Six" supermarkets has announced an eco-friendly move that will effect every one of its UK stores. Joining fellow supermarkets taking steps to reduce their environmental impact, Sainsbury's will no longer sell own brand lunchbox juice cartons with plastic straws. Rival retailers introducing packaging bans recently include Waitrose, which eliminated plastic from its magazines, while Aldi and Asda have stopped offering plastic bags for fruit and veg.
The move by Sainsbuy's will remove a total of 18.5 million plastic straws from circulation each year, equating to a 6.6 tonne plastic reduction, reported BirminghamLive. Since pledging to halve its use of plastic packaging by 2025 and become Net Zero in its operations by 2040, Sainsbury's says that it has removed thousands of tonnes of plastic across the business. Claire Hughes, director of product and innovation at Sainsbury's, said: "As we work to reduce, reuse, replace and recycle plastic packaging, we're committed to trialling and testing innovative new packaging alternatives for our products."
In a statement, Ms Hughes added: "Looking forward, we will continue to work closely with our suppliers, manufacturers, customers and other retailers to reduce the amount of single use plastic across the supply chain, whilst also investing in research and development of materials and technologies.
"We look forward to listening to feedback from our colleagues and customers about this latest packaging move."
Sainsbury's, one of the 'Big Six' alongside Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, and discount retailers Lidl and Aldi, has stores across Nottinghamshire.