Waitrose has announced that it will stop using black plastic packaging on all of its products, including fish, fruit and vegetables, by the end of 2019.
The supermarket has also said that it’s committed to not selling any own label food in black plastic beyond 2019, and has stated that “reducing the use of plastics is a top priorty” for the retailer.
Waitrose head of sustainability and responsible sourcing Tor Harris said: “Tackling the use of plastics across our business is a key priority for us and we have committed that all our packaging will be widely recycled, reusable or home compostable by 2025. Our work to eliminate black plastic packaging from our shops sees us taking a step towards accomplishing this.
‘‘Not many people realise that black plastic is tough to recycle. As a retailer dedicated to reducing the impact of plastic packaging on the environment, becoming black plastic free across all our own label products is the right thing to do.’’