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Tesco announces new packaging initiative to save carbon

Retail giant Tesco has revealed new initiatives to help cut the carbon impact of products in its stores in conjunction with the launch of Courtauld Commitment 2 (see MRW story).

The supermarket will use plastic bottles for its own-brand spirits instead of using glass. By moving its own-brand brandy into plastic bottles it has made an 86% reduction in packaging.

Tesco has also launched, what it claims to be, the lightest ever wine bottle following the completion of a collaborative project with WRAP and suppliers. The new bottles are 300g, 30% lighter than the supermarkets previous lightest own-label bottles and save 560 tonnes of glass annually.

Tesco executive director Lucy Neville-Rolfe said: Tesco is always breaking new ground with innovative approaches to packaging. However, more significantly were working with our suppliers so that we reach our target of a 30% reduction in the carbon impact of the products in our supply chain by 2020.

The retail giant is also looking beyond packaging to reduce carbon emissions throughout its supply chain. Tesco claims that the carbon footprinting of 500 products to date has shown that packaging is a small percentage of the overall footprint. The latest product to be footprinted, the Jaffa orange, shows growing the orange is by far the biggest part of the carbon footprint, with packaging accounting for only 2%.

The carbon footprint of a Jaffa orange breaks down as follows:
* Crop production  80%
* Packaging 2%
* Packing process 5%
* Transport 3%
* Store 2%
* Consumer using the orange 0%
* Waste 8%

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