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Waitrose removes plastic shrinkwrap from all tinned multibuy food

Waitrose is speeding up plans to stop using single use plastic by ending the use of multibuy shrinkwrap on its own label tinned grocery products. The… View Article

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Waitrose removes plastic shrinkwrap from all tinned multibuy food

Waitrose is speeding up plans to stop using single use plastic by ending the use of multibuy shrinkwrap on its own label tinned grocery products.

The plastic wrap, which is used to keep three or four cans attached, will now be removed permanently on all Waitrose tinned food.

The retailer has already removed single use plastic from cans of Essential Waitrose kidney beans and sweetcorn and other products will follow in the next few months. Waitrose said the vast majority of its multibuy cans will now be available loose, with the exception of tuna and tomatoes, which will move to a card sleeve that can be recycled.

Claire Mitchell, canned food buyer at Waitrose, said: “Our essential Waitrose tinned food has been selling in record numbers  since March and we want to ensure that we can continue to give customers the best quality and value, without passing on the plastic on such popular products.

“Our customers expect us to keep tackling plastic, which includes eliminating single use shinkwrap on our multibuys. This is a significant step towards our plan to phase out non-recyclable plastic from all our packaging by 2021.”

Waitrose has also removed the multibuy plastic on Essential Waitrose tissues.

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