Call for supermarkets to abandon plastics

Written By: Chris McLaughlin
Published: March 2, 2018 Last modified: March 2, 2018

Supermarkets are being urged to follow European pioneers and open stores with no plastic packaging. The call follows action by a Dutch company which has opened its first non-plastic shop in its Amsterdam flagship.
Andy Clarke, the former chief executive of Asda, said that retailers should take the “plastic free plunge” and emulate the Ekoplaza store. It sells more than 700 products, milk in glass returnable glass bottles, fruit and vegetables are loose rather than pre-packed. The Dutch organic food chain plans to install plastic-free aisles in all 75 of its stores by the end of this year.
It is working with a British campaign group called A Plastic Planet. Sian Sutherland, one of its founders said: “For decades shoppers have sold the lie that we cannot live without plastic food and drink. Finally, we can see a future where the public have a choice about whether to buy plastic or plastic-free.
“There is absolutely no logic in wrapping something as fleeting as food in something as indestructible as plastic.”
BLOB The Foreign Office is to eliminate “avoidable” single-use plastics from British embassies and consulates by the end of 2020. It has already removed all plastic cups, crockery and cutlery from its London staff canteen.

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Chris McLaughlin is Editor of Tribune