Waitrose packs a punch with black plastic ban

Waitrose Duchy tomato punnets

Waitrose says it has hit its target to remove black plastic packaging from its own-brand produce, such as fruit and vegetables.

The supermarket announced the phase-out of black plastic – which is typically hard to recycle – a year ago and says its plan to remove it all by the end of 2019 is going well.

Waitrose estimates that over 1,300 tonnes of black plastic could be removed from the supply chain each year by switching it out for more sustainable alternatives, like its new Duchy organic tomato punnets made from tomato vines (pictured).

"We are making progress all the time and are determined to maintain our momentum which is why we're now looking at ready meals and other products so we can achieve our aim of removing all black plastic from our own-label products by the end of 2019," says Tor Harris, Head of CSR, Health & Agriculture for Waitrose & Partners.

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