Greenpeace shames Sainsbury’s and Tesco for failing to cut down on the amount of plastic waste they produce

Britain’s biggest supermarkets are failing to cut back on wasteful and unnecessary plastic packaging, according to Greenpeace.

The environmental organisation says two of the Big Four supermarkets have not done enough to remove plastic from their aisles.

Sainsbury’s has pledged to reduce plastic by just 77 tonnes since last January through removing plastic packaging from gift cards.

Tesco reports having removed just a million pieces of plastic from its stores, by phasing plastic straws out from its cafes.

Both supermarkets have made other pledges to tackle the plastic menace, although they cannot say how many tonnes or pieces of plastic these will remove.

But compared to other Big Four supermarkets Asda and Morrisons they have drawn up fewer strategies to tackle plastic and failed to tackle plastic cutlery in stores or bring in paper bags for produce.

Elena Polisano, ocean plastics campaigner for Greenpeace UK, said: ‘As the two biggest supermarkets, Sainsbury’s and Tesco have the biggest plastic footprint and should be taking responsibility for that.

‘But they are lagging behind rather than leading the way, and neither have set much-needed plastic reduction targets.

‘Tesco at least has some measures in the pipeline, including a trial of loose fruit and veg, and a forthcoming trial of refillable packaging.

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