Speaking to The Telegraph, Andrew Thornton, who owns the Budgens franchise, said: “We’re hoping that what we’re doing here will challenge the likes of Sainsbury’s, Tesco and others.
A London supermarket is ditching plastic packaging in its mission to become Britain’s first plastic-free supermarket.
Supermarkets are increasingly coming under fire from customers thanks to the amount of waste they produce with unnecessary packaging.
Some chains have taken small steps towards reducing their impact on the planet such as Morrisons, who recently reintroduced paper grocery bags in the vegetable aisle for customers to use for their fresh produce.
But one supermarket in Belsize Park in North London has taken it one step further by ditching plastic and packaging in its mission to become Britain’s first zero-waste supermarket.
Over the past 10 weeks, Thornton Budgens has already converted over 1,700 product lines to non-plastic packaging on its journey to make the store “virtually plastic-free” within three years as a “public experiment” into how retailers can take steps towards retailing food more sustainably.
Whilst many of us have taken steps to reduce the amount of single-use plastic we produce after the devastation our over-consumption is having on the planet, the onus now lies on large companies to tackle the problem at the source.
Whilst the supermarket is ditching the plastic, it is not going zero-waste just yet as for many products grocery bags made from cellulose, a structural component of the cell walls of green plants, have replaced plastic bags in the store.
Vegan Zero Waste Store
Whilst the supermarket might be keen to reduce the amount of plastic heading to landfill, it is not a dedicated vegan store as it will still be selling meat, eggs and dairy products.
Thankfully, a zero-waste vegan store, Hetu, is on a mission to help Londoners to live a more ethical and sustainable lifestyle in Clapham Junction, so be sure to check it out.