Whilst we appreciate all of the benefits that plastic has to offer, we’re committed to making sure that our use of this material is optimal and sustainable, given the negative impacts plastic waste can have on our environment should the system fail to capture it. Since announcing our plastic goals in 2018, we’ve worked collaboratively with our suppliers and industry to critically assess each and every pack we put on our shelves to ensure that we are reducing our use of plastic where possible.
In addition to primary packaging, we use plastic packaging to ensure the safe and efficient transport of our products. In 2019 our secondary plastic packaging was 1,936 tonnes and our tertiary plastic packaging was 1,147 tonnes.
As one of the fastest-growing UK retailers, this has been a challenge, however we are pleased to report that for our own-label plastic packaging in 2019, we’ve reduced our plastic footprint relatively by just over 18% compared to our 2017 baseline. Our progress doesn’t end there – through this work our own-label plastic packaging footprint has reduced in absolute terms by 2% against our baseline.