Waitrose canned tomatoes held by hand
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Waitrose has announced that the supermarket chain is now trialling the removal of plastic in bulk canned products. If successful, the move will save 18 tonnes of plastic annually.

The plastic wrap, which is used to hold multiple cans together, will be entirely removed from the retailer’s best-selling products as they are the ones to sell in larger quantities. This includes; Waitrose baked beans, chopped tomatoes, plum tomatoes and sweetcorn.

The trial falls under the company’s more extensive vision of sustainable packaging. “We are determined to make all our own-brand packaging widely-recycle, reusable or home compostable,” said Waitrose. “We will have identified solutions for all our packaging by 2020 and we will meet our target by 2023.”