Asda is the latest big business to make a commitment to reduce 'avoidable' plastic waste.
In a blog, the supermarket chain's President and CEO Roger Burnley says Asda will make changes such as switching polystyrene pizza bases to cardboard (saving 178 tonnes of plastic), changing coloured plastic drinks bottles to clear (to recycle 500 more tonnes of plastic), replacing plastic straws to paper in its cafes (2.4 million per year), and getting rid of single-use coffee cups and plastic cutlery in its offices by the end of this year.
Asda will also sell a 'zero profit' reusable coffee cup while working to remove single-use cups from its shops and cafes by the end of 2019 and intends to phase out single-use carrier bags from its supermarkets by the end of 2018.
Burnley also notes that Asda has already pledged to making all its own-brand packaging recyclable by 2025.
Details are all in a report, 'Plastics Unwrapped – Our pledge to use less and recycle more', which is available to read online, while innovations on solving the plastic problem are invited in the forthcoming Plastic Unwrapped Ideas Hub, where an award of £10,000 could be up for grabs.
Asda has also recently launched a vegan takeaway lunch range, including Onion Bhaji Wrap, Falafel and Houmous Sandwich and Mexican Bean & Rice Salad (£2.50 each), and added a Vegan Cheddar Cheese (£2) to its shelves.