Tesco Lotus launch new green initiatives to reduce single-use packaging
30 September 2019
We take the sustainability of our products and packaging very seriously. Across Tesco, we are working towards a closed loop system for packaging where we use as little plastic as possible and where packaging is used, re-used, collected and recycled continuously, so no packaging goes to landfill.
In August 2019, all 1,800 Tesco Lotus Thailand small format stores have taken the approach to stop providing single-use plastic bags for purchases of one to two items in an attempt to reduce plastic bag usage. During the first two days of introducing the new policy, fresh apples were given to customers as a way to say thank you.
Salinla Seehaphan, Corporate Affairs Director, Tesco Lotus, said:
“We continue to explore ways to reduce packaging usage in our own operations and make it easier for customers to reduce, reuse and recycle. Our ultimate goal is to create a closed-loop packaging system. Our study has shown that customers in our convenience stores tend to buy fewer items than in our hypermarkets, so there is an opportunity that we can reduce unnecessary packaging further.”
The business has also turned all express checkout lanes in 200 hypermarkets into Green Lanes. This means that plastic bags are no longer provided to customers in these lanes.