Plastic packaging: How are UK supermarkets doing right now?

For many years now, over-packaged food has been bothering environmentally- minded shoppers. Of course, supermarkets have responded by looking for alternatives to all that plastic. But now British MPs are saying that the UK needs to move away from all single-use packaging - not just plastic.

Using aluminium, glass, paper or compostable plastics as an alternative also has an environmental impact, potentially pushing up energy use and carbon emissions, says a report by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee.

It says reuse and refill schemes could be part of the solution and wants the government to consider whether official intervention could encourage more shops to offer refillable options.

An excellent article on www.bbc.com shows how six leading supermarkets are tackling the packaging problem.


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