Supermarkets need to stop using plastic packaging

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The former boss of Asda, Andy Clarke is calling for all supermarkets to stop using plastic packaging in favour of alternatives like paper or glass.

Currently plastics encase virtually everything we buy, and despite numerous policies on recycling, the majority of plastic packaging will end up in landfill or the ocean, remaining on the earth for centuries. “Consumers do not want plastic-polluted oceans so supermarkets and packaging industry have to work together” says Andy Clarke.

Clarke said supermarkets should create plastic-free aisles to cater for their customers’ demands and to show the available alternatives to plastic.

In the UK less than a third of the 5m tonnes of plastic used each year is recycled. Across the world more than 8m tonnes of plastic leaks into the oceans. Also a study found that billions of people across the world are drinking water that is contaminated by plastic.

Clarke also said how attempts had been made to reduce plastic packaging but not all were successful. For example Asda attempted to use thinner plastic milk bottles containing more recycled materials but it lead to bottles bursting which created more food waste so the supermarket went back to the original bottles.

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