Sainsbury’s eco-friendly stride with the removal of plastic from own-brand mushrooms. A groundbreaking initiative saving 775 tonnes annually for a sustainable future.

Sainsbury’s Breakthrough: Plastic-Free Mushroom Packaging

In a groundbreaking move hailed by the supermarket, Sainsbury’s has announced its "biggest single plastics removal" plan, set to eliminate plastic packaging from its entire range of own-brand mushrooms. By the end of January, this initiative will apply to all 13 own-brand lines, including popular varieties like whole baby button, chestnut, and closed cup mushrooms.

Sainsbury’s anticipates that this transition will result in a remarkable reduction of approximately 775 tonnes of plastic, equivalent to over 52 million plastic pieces annually. The retailer emphasizes that this weight is comparable to that of 43 full London double-decker buses.

This recent announcement is part of a series of sustainability measures taken by the retailer, building on previous achievements. In 2020, Sainsbury’s eliminated plastic from tomato trays, saving 75 tonnes of plastic each year. Similarly, the removal of plastic from asparagus packaging in the previous year resulted in a saving of 32 tonnes of plastic.

Claire Hughes, Director of Product and Innovation, expressed enthusiasm about the initiative, stating: "As part of our Plan for Better commitments, we are trying to reduce plastic packaging across our own brand ranges. We are delighted to introduce cardboard punnets for our own-brand mushrooms."

She added, "Making a collective effort with suppliers to increase recycled content and recyclability for all customers has helped achieve our biggest-ever plastics removal so far. The initiative reflects our commitment towards a healthier and more sustainable future as we continue to look at ways to innovate our packaging and reduce and replace plastic where possible."

While the new cardboard punnets replace plastic film packaging, which was used for mushroom punnets previously, Sainsbury’s emphasizes that the plastic film packaging can still be recycled in its front-of-store flexible plastic recycling points, available across all of its UK stores.


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Sainsbury’s , Plastic-free packaging , Mushroom punnets , Sustainability , Plastic reduction

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