Sainsbury’s removes a lot of plastic by using mushroom containers.
Sainsbury’s, a UK retailer, is making a big change. They’re using cardboard instead of plastic for their own-brand mushrooms. This move will save over 775 metric tons of plastic every year, which equals more than 52 million pieces of plastic. This change is the largest removal of plastic in Sainsbury’s history and is as heavy as 43 London double-decker buses.
All 13 types of own-brand mushrooms, including popular ones like baby button, closed cup, organic, and chestnut mushrooms, will now come in recyclable cardboard trays. This makes it easier for customers to recycle the packaging at home. Sainsbury’s will be the first UK retailer to switch to cardboard trays for all mushrooms in all their stores.
Currently, customers can buy Sainsbury’s own-brand and organic mushrooms in cardboard trays both in stores and online. By the end of January, this change will also include Taste the Difference mushroom lines.
Claire Hughes, Director of Product and Innovation, explained, “As part of our commitment to reduce plastic, we’re thrilled to introduce cardboard trays for our own-brand mushrooms. Working together with suppliers to increase recyclable materials has helped us achieve our largest plastic reduction yet. This step shows our dedication to a healthier, more sustainable future as we find ways to improve our packaging and reduce plastic whenever we can.