Sainsbury’s may introduce refillable glass milk bottles in an effort to cut plastic packaging by 50 per cent within six years, it has announced.
The supermarket chain plans to halve plastic packaging on all branded and own-brand food, and believes a “transformational leap” is needed to move the industry forward in its current efforts to reduce.
As part of this new commitment the retailer said it is considering the introduction of refillable glass milk bottles in stores.
They are currently reviewing which materials would work best for such a scheme, without adding to their carbon emissions.
Other options include offering customers a “reusable jug” with milk stored in a “lightweight plastic pouch”.
After conducting analysis of their plastic footprint, the retailer found their biggest areas of impact are; plastic milk bottles, packaging for fruit and vegetables, fizzy drinks, water and fruit juices.
As part of the new commitment, today they are co-hosting a summit with the Natural Environment Research Council to bring together suppliers, researchers and stakeholders to discuss how the industry can collaborate in it’s plastic reduction.