UK’s first tubeless kitchen foil to launch in the UK

Tesco is launching the UK’s first tubeless kitchen foil in a move that will save 12.5 million cardboard rolls each year.

Thanks to a new state-of-the-art rolling machine Tesco customers will be the first to try one of the new coreless products when the supermarket launches its re-designed aluminium foil this week.

The move will save 330 tonnes of cardboard each year. Tesco Technical Manager Bronwen Williams said: “This new machine has revolutionised foil production, saving hundreds of tonnes of cardboard from needlessly being made in the first place.

“We are continually looking at ways in which we can cut down on packaging in order to help the environment and hope, after starting with our top selling kitchen foil line, that we will be able to apply this to the rest of our foil range.”

The new cardboard core-less product has been made possible thanks to a new machine that allows the aluminium foil to be rolled tightly around a spindle that has air vents in it. By pumping air into these vents it allows the aluminium foil to be gently released. 

The innovative process uses less water and energy, compared to paper made with traditional tree fibre.

This move comes as part of Tesco’s 4Rs packaging strategy to tackle the impact of packaging waste. Since 2020, we’ve reduced packaging by over 4,500 tonnes.

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