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Tesco removing more than 55mn pieces of soft plastic from winter essential


With many UK consumers battling colds and flus this winter, supermarket Tesco is making a change to its pocket tissue packaging – removing the plastic.

Both the individual packs and the wrap around the multi-packs of Tesco’s Gentle White and Balm tissues have started moving into FSC-certified, paper packs.

Tesco is the first supermarket to make the change to its own brand pocket tissues that will save almost 35 tonnes of new soft plastic being created each year.

“Unlike boxes of tissues, the pocket version tends to be used on the go and can all too easily become litter. The new paper packaging works just as well as the old plastic wrap but is more sustainable,” said Courtney Pallett, Tesco campaigns manager.

Reducing the amount of plastic used in its UK business has seen Tesco remove nearly 2.2 billion pieces of plastic since 2019. Plastic removed to date includes:

  • 200+ million bags from deliveries
  • 100+ million extra lids from products such as wipes, creams, yoghurts, and desserts
  • 75+ million tinned multipacks no longer plastic-wrapped
  • 50 million pieces of plastic wrapping from cans of branded beers and ciders
  • 50+ million pieces of plastic from greeting cards

Discover how top retailers are changing their packaging for good in the recently published DeliveryX Packaging 2023 report.

This digital report harnesses RetailX research and industry insight to explain why ecommerce packaging is no longer simply about protecting goods in transit.

This sector report examines how retailers are adapting their packaging to tell their brand story and why they are ditching the plastic. Access it here.

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