Sainsbury’s is claiming to be the first UK retailer to use only food crates made from 100% recycled former crates.
The packaging meets European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) standards for transporting food.
Two million redundant crates are ground down by Schoeller Allibert to create new ones. Sainsbury’s says that recycling the old crates into the new type means that they are standardised and stack together more efficiently.
Simon Stokoe, senior strategy manager for Sainsbury’s supply chain, said: “This was not only about making the right decision for Sainsbury’s from an efficiency perspective - it was also about making sure we did it sustainably. A win-win.”
Simon Moulson, head of retail sales for Schoeller Allibert, said: “Our EFSA-approved recycling and remoulding process has been developed to help retailers meet increasing stringent sustainability targets as well as strict food safety and hygiene standards.”