How Tesco is making greener living easier than ever
Moving towards a more eco-friendly lifestyle may feel overwhelming at times, but rest assured, Tesco is right there with you
Whether it’s reusing your shopping bags, opting for a plant-based meal every so often or simply making your leftovers go further, sometimes the smallest changes can make a big difference to our planet. And if anybody knows just how much every little helps, it’s Tesco.
To help protect our environment, the supermarket is going above and beyond to make living more sustainably as straightforward as it should be. Not only has it installed soft plastic recycling points in large stores across the country, but it’s also increased its extensive plant-based food range – and that’s just the start.
Here are just some of the ways the UK’s largest retailer is making changes…
Misshapes are welcome
We come in all shapes and sizes – and our crops are no different. That’s why Tesco launched its ‘Perfectly Imperfect’ range of fruit and vegetables in 2016 and is on a mission to halve food waste in its supply chains by 2030. By selling odd-shaped fresh produce, the supermarket can take more crops off farmers’ hands and offer slightly wonky – but no less delicious – fruit and veg in store at lower prices. It’s a win, win! What’s more, it’s trialling the sale of unwashed potatoes, which could potentially double their shelf-life and reduce food waste.
In with the old, out with the new
This year, Tesco teamed up with global reusable packaging platform Loop to launch a ground-breaking new way for you to shop with the planet in mind. To cut down on packaging, customers can buy products in reusable packaging that can be returned to store when finished so it can be cleaned, refilled, and used again.
The reusable range of 88 products includes some of the country’s biggest and most popular brands, including Persil, Fever-Tree, Carex, Tetley Tea and BrewDog, as well as 35 own-brand essentials, such as pasta, rice, oil and sugar, with more set to be added throughout the year. This innovative scheme is currently only available in 10 stores in the east of England but watch this space!
A new kind of bagging area
From crisp packets and sweet wrappers to the clear film used to wrap meat and fish, it’s easy to amass quite the collection of soft plastics at home. And the sad reality is that this type of packaging isn’t commonly collected by local councils for recycling and is often thrown away. The good news is, Tesco has installed a soft plastic collection point in each of its large stores and will recycle as much of the material as possible to be used again for products and packaging sold in stores.
One of the simplest ways to live more sustainably is to swap your meat and dairy for a plant-based alternative every so often, and Tesco’s Plant Chef range can help with that. Whether you’re in need of midweek staples like Chicken Style Pieces or Cumberland Bangers, kid-friendly favourites, such as Breaded Nuggets and Vegetable Fingers, or even Meat-Free Sausage Rolls and Meat-Free Burgers for an evening of entertaining, the range really does have something for everyone. It’s also available at pocket-friendly prices, because eating less meat shouldn’t cost the earth!