Asda vows to cut plastic waste by 10% over the next 12 months

Signal of change / Asda vows to cut plastic waste by 10% over the next 12 months

By Ella-Louise Micallef / 26 Feb 2018

Asda has become the latest supermarket to announce commitments to cut plastic, including reducing the amount of plastic in its own-brand packaging by 10%, and removing all 5p carrier bags from its stores over the next 12 months. They have also promised to switch the plastic straws currently used in their cafes to paper, as well as introducing reusable cups in its shops and cafes by the end of 2019.

So what?

In light of Iceland’s more ambitious target of removing plastic packaging from all its own brand products within the next five years, could Asda be doing more to curb its impact? For instance, how about more exploring sustainable alternatives for packaging, as well as reducing the amount of packaging used? 

Sources

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/05/asda-joins-wave-of-supermarkets-pledging-to-cut-plastic-waste

What might the implications of this be? What related signals of change have you seen?

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