Sainsbury’s goes with whole poultry in makeover that will save more than 10 million pieces of plastic a year
- Five products will change – whole chickens in the Sainsbury’s range
- The plastic tray has been eliminated in favor of recyclable packaging
If you’re planning to cook a roast chicken over the Easter weekend, you might be in for a surprise while you’re at the supermarket.
Sainsbury’s has announced that the entire “by Sainsbury’s” chicken range is now dishless.
The retailer is removing single-use plastic trays from its packaging, in a change it says will save more than 10 million pieces of plastic annually.
To put that in perspective, that’s the equivalent of 140 tons — 20 times the weight of an elephant — of plastic annually.
“The tray-free products are available in all stores across the UK and online, helping to reduce the amount of single-use plastic customers have to throw away at home,” the retail giant explained.
If you’re planning to cook a roast chicken over the Easter weekend, you might be in for a surprise while you’re at the supermarket. Sainsbury’s has announced that the entire “by Sainsbury’s” chicken range is now dishless
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Five products are affected by the change – the XS, S, M, L and XL whole chickens in the ‘by Sainsbury’ range.
The plastic tray has been abandoned in favor of film packaging, which can be recycled at one of the Sainsbury’s storefront recycling points.
In 2019 Sainsbury’s pledged to halve plastic packaging by 2025 by offering cartons and refillable bottles for everything from milk to breakfast cereal, pasta and washing up liquid.
Speaking at the time, CEO Mike Coupe said: ‘Reducing plastic and packaging is no easy feat.
Packaging plays a vital role in keeping our food safe and fresh and reducing food waste.
So we must find alternatives to plastic that protect the quality of our food while reducing our impact on the environment.
Since then, Sainsbury’s has taken several measures to cut down on plastic use.
This includes removing the plastic lids from the dipping pots, replacing the plastic used in their own brand’s two-liter ice cream tubs and removing the plastic film from the broccoli.
The news comes shortly after a new study sheds new light on the shocking extent of the global plastics crisis.
Researchers have discovered that up to 4.9 million tons of plastic waste is floating in our oceans – an “unprecedented increase” since 2005.
Without immediate action, they project that the rate of plastics entering our waters will increase by 2.6 times by 2040.
“This is a stark warning that we must act now on a global scale,” said Marcus Eriksen, co-founder and researcher from the 5 Gyres Institute.
“We need a strong, legally binding UN global treaty on plastic pollution that stops the problem at the source.”
The plastic tray has been phased out (stock photo) in favor of film packaging, which can be recycled at one of the Sainsbury’s storefront recycling points
Eight million tons of plastic find their way into the ocean each year
Of the 30 billion plastic bottles used by households in the UK each year, only 57 per cent are currently recycled.
With half of these bottles going to landfills, half of all plastic bottles that are recycled go to waste.
About 700,000 plastic bottles a day end up as waste.
This is largely due to plastic wrapping around bottles that are not recyclable.
Bottles are a major contributor to the increasing amount of plastic waste in the world’s oceans.
Currently, eight million tons of plastic find their way into the ocean each year, researchers warn – the equivalent of one truckload every minute.
A report released in 2016 revealed that the amount of plastic waste in the world’s oceans will exceed fish by 2050 unless the world takes drastic measures to recycle it.
At current rates, this will worsen to four trucks per minute in 2050 and overtake native life to become the largest ocean-dwelling mass.
An Eileen MacArthur Foundation report stated that 95 per cent of plastic packaging – worth £65 – £92 billion – is lost to the economy after a single use.
Available research estimates that there are more than 150 million tons of plastic in the ocean today.
Plastic pollution is destroying the world’s ecosystems, both marine and terrestrial. It fills beaches, cripples animals, and suffocates entire populations of animals
Scientists have warned that so much plastic is dumped into the sea every year that it would fill five carry-on bags for every foot of coastline on the planet.
More than half of the plastic waste that flows into the oceans comes from just five countries: China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Sri Lanka.
The only industrialized western country in the top 20 plastic polluters is the United States at number 20.
Researchers said that the United States and Europe do not mismanage their collected waste, so the plastic waste coming from those countries is due to the garbage.
While China is responsible for 2.4 million tons of plastic making its way into the ocean, nearly 28 percent of the global total, the United States contributes just 77,000 tons, less than one percent, according to the study published in the journal the sciences. .