LONDON (Reuters) – British supermarket Iceland plans to eliminate plastic packaging from all of its own brand products by the end of 2023 and called on the industry to follow its lead.
Theresa May pledged to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste within 25 years as part of the government’s environmental strategy. The prime minister promised to extend the successful 5p levy on plastic bags to smaller shops, as well as exploring a potential charge on single-use plastic containers such as takeaway boxes.
Other initiatives include a plan to urge supermarkets to introduce aisles without any plastic packaging, where all food is sold loose, along with new research funding for “plastics innovation” and aid to help developing nations deal with their plastic waste.
Samantha Harding, from the Campaign to Protect Rural England, said: “Iceland are steadfastly laying the path that all supermarkets should be following.