Tesco partner with Loop to trial reusable metal packaging


Tesco has launched a trial for customers that allows them to buy food, drink, household and beauty products in reusable packaging, part of its strategy to cut plastic waste.

The containers include both metal and glass packaging.

Through a partnership with Loop, the global reusable packaging platform, customers in 10 Tesco stores in eastern England will be able to buy products in reusable packaging that can be returned to stores when finished so it can be cleaned, refilled and used again.

Unlike existing schemes, customers do not need to bring in their own containers to fill up, they will instead pay a small deposit for the containers.

Branded products available will include Persil washing up powder, Fever-Tree drinks and mixers, Carex handwash, Tetley Tea and BrewDog beers.

Regular versions of these products using single-use packaging, including plastic, cardboard, glass and Tetra Paks, will still continue to be available at the stores.

Tesco has also added 35 of its own-brand essential foodstuff products to the trial, such as pasta, rice, oil and sugar.

The stores taking part in the trial are:

  • Milton Keynes Kingston
  • Northampton South
  • Cambridge Newmarket Road
  • Wellingborough
  • Milton Keynes Wolverton
  • Evesham
  • Leicester Hamilton
  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Ashby-de-la-Zouch
  • Loughborough Rushes

“We are determined to tackle plastic waste and one of the ways we can help is by improving reuse options available to customers,” said Tesco Chief Executive Ken Murphy.

“We’ll learn as much as we can from this to inform our future packaging plans,” he said.

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