Tesco Ireland experiments with home-recyclable potato packaging

Tesco is getting ready to trial fully recyclable packaging for its 1kg new season potatoes. There will also be a reduction in the amount of paper used in its 2.5kg potato packaging. The packaging trial will last for twelve weeks across 100 stores, with plans to roll out the changes to more products if it turns out to be successful. The packaging change will initially cover the Tesco Ireland range of ‘New Season Early Potatoes’.

The change will also reduce the amount of paper used in Tesco’s 2.5kg new season potatoes bag by 30% and remove almost 50,000 non-recyclable 1kg new season plastic bags from the waste system annually. The new paper bags will carry the green ‘widely recycled’ logo and can be recycled at home.

As reported on checkout.ie, the new single-ply paper bag is responsibly sourced from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) accredited material and replaces the existing plastic 1kg bags. Over the course of the trial, over 130,000 packs of Irish grown new season early Premier and Queens potatoes are expected to be sold across Ireland in the new packaging.


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