Supermarket Tesco has ended a trial of reusable packaging it undertook with Loop.
Ten stores in the East of England hosted the trial where consumers received containers that could be filled in store.
The trial began nine months ago and will end on 31 October. Containers will need to be returned back to the stores by customers, who will be repaid a deposit they provided for the containers.
In a statement, Tesco said: “We’ll now take what we’ve learnt and plan the next phases of our work to introduce reusable packaging solutions.
“We’d like to thank all the customers who took part. You’ve helped us to speed up our progress towards more sustainable packaging solutions.
“Looking ahead, as part of our 4Rs plant, we aim to remove plastic packaging from 5 billion products sold each year by 2025.”
While in a statement of its own, Loop added: “The initial results of this first of its kind trial at Tesco were very encouraging. The majority of customers highlighted their appetite to see the reuse scheme develop. This has paved the way for a new way of shopping to reduce the impact of plastic waste.”
Brands including Brewdog, Persil, Tetley, Heinz, Coca-Cola, Tesco own brands and others were involved in the trial.