The retailer will remove single-use plastic lids from its household products like guacamole, tzatziki and sour cream and chive dip which will save 71 million pieces of plastic a year
UK-based supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has announced its plans to remove single-use plastic lids across its range of own-brand dip pots.
From March 2023, the retailer will not sell its household products like guacamole, tzatziki and sour cream and chive dip with single-use plastic lids.
According to the firm, the initiative is expected to save 71 million pieces of plastic each year in total, which is equal to 220 tonnes of plastic.
Sainsbury’s has unveiled reusable lids for customers who prefer to use a lid on products at home. These lids are available across all superstores in England, Scotland and Wales, as well as online for £1.25.
The UK-based supermarket chain said that customers can find the lids in-store in the dairy aisle and can be utilised on own-brand pots, as well as some branded pots, including Yeo Valley, Onken and Alpro.
The silicone lids need to be washed by hand or in the dishwasher, before being reused, Sainsbury’s added.
The move is part of the firm’s commitment to halve its use of plastic packaging in its own brand by 2025.
Since 2019, the retailer has eliminated single-use plastic lids from a range of products including cream, crème fraiche, custard, cottage cheese and sour cream.
Sainsbury’s recently replaced its entire plastic coffee pods range with aluminium pods. The initiative will help customers to recycle them at home and save over 10 million pieces of plastic each year.
Additionally, the firm removed single-use plastic lids from all own-brand yoghurt and launched new double-length toilet rolls to reduce plastic packaging by 30%, which is equivalent to 84 tonnes of plastic.
Sainsbury’s also has plans to remove single-use plastic lids from its Christmas range.