Sainsbury’s no longer makes their own branded juice boxes for their own branded lunch boxes with plastic straws.
The move will reduce the amount of plastic straws used in the supermarket by 18.5 million per year and affect 12 products.
The policy change aimed at reducing plastic content by 6.6 tonnes comes after similar measures taken recently by competitors. Birmingham Live reports.
With the move, all 12 products in Sainsbury’s lunch box juice carton range will be switched to largely recyclable paper straws.
The repackaged products are now being launched and will be available in all stores and online from mid-April.
Claire Hughes, Director of Product and Innovation at Sainsbury’s said, “As we work to reduce, reuse, replace and recycle plastic packaging, we are committed to testing and testing innovative new packaging alternatives for our products.
“Removing 18.5 million straws a year is an enormous achievement and brings us closer to our goal.
“Looking ahead, we will continue to work closely with our suppliers, manufacturers, customers and other retailers to reduce the amount of single-use plastics across the supply chain while investing in research and development of materials and technologies. We look forward to the feedback from our colleagues and customers on this latest packaging step. “
In addition to removing plastic straws from circulation, Sainsbury’s bosses are working hard to replace the plastic straw cover with one made from alternative materials.
The film on the carton multipacks can be returned to the in-store film collection points by customers for recycling in more than 600 supermarkets across the UK.
Since Sainsbury’s promised to cut plastic packaging use in half by 2025 and zero in its operations by 2040, the company has removed thousands of tons of plastic across the company.
This includes removing 290 million loose plastic bags, rigid plastic trays made from tomatoes, zucchini, kiwi and baby corn (216 tons), plastic covers from cream pots (114 tons), removing zippers from frozen fruit bags (28 tons), and removing and replacing heavy ones to recycled black plastic, PVC and polystyrene from private label packaging (6,400 tons).
Earlier this year, the retailer reduced the plastic packaging of its own branded pancake range by 86% and introduced new experimental recycling facilities in 63 stores.
This enabled customers to recycle polypropylene (PP) film – a type of plastic film that is currently not recycled by most municipalities.
The move means customers can recycle household products that are difficult to recycle at home, including salad bags, freezer bags, cookies and cake packaging.
Alongside Asda, Morrisons, Tesco, Lidl and Aldi, Sainsbury’s is one of the so-called Big Six.