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Tesco has already set goals to remove non-recyclable plastics from its own-brand lines by the end of 2019, and to halve own-brand packaging by weight against a 2007 baseline by 2025. Image: Tesco

Tesco boss: We'll delist brands that use excessive plastic packaging

Tesco's chief executive Dave Lewis has vowed to end contracts with third-party brands which use excessive and non-recyclable plastic packaging.

The Royal Society of Chemistry's chief executive Robert Barker, pictured with some of the redundant tech gathered by staff at the organisation’s Cambridge HQ during an amnesty

Hoarding old gadgets 'preventing circular economy shift' and 'spurring rare mineral shortages'

The fact that most UK households are hoarding old digital gadgets with no plans to recycle them is a key barrier to implementing circular economy principles for e-waste, the Royal Society of Chemistry has claimed.

Iceland was criticised by Feedback for failing to stock any meat sourced through sustainable certification schemes

UK supermarkets accused of over-producing low-quality meat

Anti-hunger charity Feedback is calling for big-name UK supermarkets such as Iceland, Lidl and Asda to offer "less and better" meat, in order to minimise their climate impacts.

The first of Tesco's plastic-glitter-free festive plants will go on sale in November 

Tesco begins plastic glitter phase-out

Tesco has confirmed that it will remove plastic glitter from its Christmas trees, plants and flowers before the 2019 festive season begins.

The webinar is available to watch on demand

Available to watch on demand: edie's Earth Overshoot webinar

edie's latest webinar, which took place Monday 29 July and will saw sustainability experts from Tesco, AB Sugar and the Global Footprint Network discuss how business can champion the circular economy to push back Earth Overshoot Day - the day that humanity uses up all of the planet's natural resources for the year - is available to watch on demand.

The market is expected to capture 10% of the global meat market and reach $100bn in value within 15 years. Image: Impossible Foods

Food giants capturing opportunities from meat-free products to drive sustainability efforts

Food manufacturers and retailers such as Tesco, Unilever and Nestlé are "seizing the opportunity" of a thriving plant-based market to assist with the low-carbon transition, with a new report noting that the alternative protein market is expected to be valued at $100bn in the next 15 years.

A crust above: Tesco to use waste bread in new products

The UK's largest supermarket has launched a new initiative aimed at repurposing surplus French bread from its in-store bakeries and reducing food waste.

<p>Tesco became the first UK supermarket to disclose its food waste data in 2013</p>

Tesco slashes food waste by 17% in one year

Supermarket giant Tesco has published its annual food waste figures, revealing that it wasted 17% less food by weight during 2018-19 than during the previous 12-month period.

Take a look at April's top stories, as picked by the edie editorial team

Extinction Rebellion, SDG Spotlights and seaweed sachets: Top 10 sustainability stories of April 2019

April 2019 may well go down as a defining month in the ongoing battle to halt, and ultimately reverse climate change. Global climate strikes led by school children paved the way for the Extinction Rebellion protests to capture the interests of the UK public.

During the first year of Tesco's Energy Matters scheme, more than 20,000 bakery and hot counter staff were trained

Tesco: Behaviour change will 'always have a place' in energy efficiency

As the fruits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution continue to re-shape how business operates, many companies are now turning to digital technologies for all of their energy reduction schemes. But for Tesco, behaviour change will always be a "key" piece of the energy management puzzle.

The packaging for each five-litre refill contains 66% less plastic than a 1.5-litre Evian bottle

Evian unveils refillable device in bid to slash plastic waste

French bottled water company Evian is set to begin trials of a new refillable in-home water appliance next month, in a bid to gauge consumer appetite for lower-plastic alternatives to single-use bottles.

A carbon footprint label, as found on a variety of food items

Two-thirds of consumers support climate change labelling

A survey across seven countries has revealed the majority of people would like to see labelling related to the climate change impact of products they purchase.

Waste streams for recycling will be collected from 10 stores across Swindon and Bristol

Tesco to trial plastic-to-oil innovation which makes all packaging 'recyclable'

Supermarket giant Tesco has inked a deal with Swindon-based recycling firm Recycling Technologies, which will see the retailer trial an innovative system that converts soft plastics back into oil.

Tesco is the latest supermarket to trial packaging-free fresh produce in a bid to cut back on plastic waste

Tesco trials plastic-free fruit and veg selection

Supermarket Tesco is trialling packaging-free fresh produce at two stores in Watford and Swindon, in a bid to monitor whether the remove of plastic packaging for select products will impact levels of food waste.

The Rainforest Alliance is committed to supporting cocoa-growing communities increase farmer income while conserving the environment and wildlife

Tesco switches to sustainable cocoa for own-brand products in time for Easter

UK supermarket Tesco has announced that all cocoa for its own-brand chocolate is now sourced from farms that are Rainforest Alliance Certified.

114 restaurants were studied across 12 countries. Annual food sales across sites ranged from $400,000 to $17.3m.

Investing in food waste prevention can provide financial boost for restaurants, study finds

Restaurants that actively invest in measures to reduce food waste can unlock new economic revenue streams, as a new report from a coalition of major organisations reveals that for every $1 spent on food loss prevention, restaurants can save $7 in operating costs.

(L-R) Tesco's head of environment Kené Umeasiegbu and BT's head of environmental sustainability Gabrielle Giner were quizzed by Futerra's Solitaire Townsend

The corporate carbon changemakers: Inside BT and Tesco's science-based targets

EXCLUSIVE: Representatives from BT and Tesco have shed new light on how their respective sustainability teams were able to achieve business buy-in for setting verified science-based targets in line with a 1.5C trajectory - a feat which has only been achieved by four firms to date.

(L-R) edie's Matt Mace, Global Action Plan's Cat Leggat, Interface's Jon Khoo, Lloyd's Marina Shilo and Tesco's Kene Umeasiegbu

Sustainable Business Covered 'Vodcast': LIVE from the Sustainability Leaders Forum (Part One)

In a special, two-part 'vodcast' edie's content editor Matt Mace interviews delegates and speakers from day one of the Sustainability Leaders Forum (SLF), including representatives from Tesco, Interface and Global Action Plan, to discuss what the new era of leadership will look like.

Around 1,000 people will be trained for free under the scheme by the end of 2019

Tesco launches community cookery school in food redistribution drive

Supermarket giant Tesco, food redistribution firm FareShare and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver have teamed up to launch a community education programme teaching members of the public how to minimise food waste.

This weekly round-up explores how businesses and nations across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

Tesco's EV charging network and Sweden's ice hotel: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

WWF UK boss Tanya Steele and Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis. Image: Andrew Parsons

Tesco and WWF aim to halve environment impact of UK shopping baskets

Tesco and WWF have today (16 November) announced a four-year partnership which aims to deliver sustainable and healthy food, while halving the environmental impact of the average UK shopping basket.

The GGGI currently funnels $1m into these projects annually, but this will rise to $2m next year

Tesco and Nestlé pledge to tackle impact of abandoned plastic fishing gear

Supermarket giant Tesco and consumer goods firm Nestlé have today (30 October) joined a coalition of businesses, non-profits and public sector bodies which have pledged to tackle the 640,000 tonnes of fishing gear abandoned in the world's oceans each year.

Lidl will purchase enough Roundtable for Responsible Soy (RTRS) credits to cover its entire supply chain

Lidl becomes first UK retailer to purchase 100% sustainably-sourced soy

Discount chain Lidl has become the first UK retailer to switch to 100% sustainably-sourced soy for its own-brand products, after joining the Government's Roundtable for Sustainable Soy.

By the end of 2018, Tesco will have removed

Tesco removes fruit and veg 'best before' dates

The UK's largest supermarket has revealed plans to remove "best before" dates from more than 100 of its fruit and vegetable lines, as it strives to meet a target to halve its food waste output by 2025.

At present, just 43% of the 13 billion plastic bottles sold each year in the UK are recycled, and 700,000 are littered every day

Tesco offers money for plastic bottles in reverse vending trials

Tesco has announced that it will trial in-store reverse vending machines for plastic bottles, as it calls on the UK Government to introduce a nation-wide approach to recycling.

By 2026, it is hoped the 250 largest UK companies across the two sectors will be added to the programme

UK business giants commit to 'world-first' Roadmap to halve food waste

Some of the UK's largest supermarkets, hospitality firms and food and drink manufacturers have committed to a "world-first" initiative from WRAP to halve food waste by measuring and acting on wastage levels across a "farm-to-fork" approach.

The easy-to-recycle alternative will be rolled out across six of Aldi's produce lines by the end of August

Aldi begins black plastics phase-out as part of packaging overhaul

Discount chain Aldi is switching a range of its fresh produce packaging from hard-to-recycle black plastic to clear, recyclable alternatives, in a move that is set to save around 265 tonnes of plastic a year.

Tesco has committed to removing all packaging which is ‘hard to recycle’ from the chain’s own-brand products by the end of 2019

Tesco becomes first supermarket to stock cans of water

In the latest move to cut back on the number of plastic products entering circulation, Tesco has become the first supermarket to stock and offer cans of water.

Tesco will purchase carbon offsets as part of the first phase of its new soy plan

Tesco commits to new zero-deforestation soy policy

Supermarket giant Tesco has made a fresh sustainability pledge to ensure that the soy it sources for its own-brand products and animal feed is verified as "zero deforestation" by 2025.

The commitment follows on from Tesco's pledge to become carbon-neutral by 2050

Tesco and Target join CDP's supply chain initiative

Tesco and Target have committed to a programme to cut emissions, tackle deforestation and promote water efficiency in their supply chains, through a partnership with CDP.

Tesco calls for recycling reform as it strives for 100% closed-loop packaging

Supermarket giant Tesco has strengthened its ambitions to make all its packaging across its UK operations closed-loop and is now calling on the Government to support the chain's aim by reforming the nation's recycling infrastructure.

Last May, Tesco’s long-term emissions reductions plan was approved by the independent Science-Based Targets Initiative

Tesco cuts carbon emissions 13% in a year

Tesco has revealed that it reduced its carbon emissions by 13% in 2017 against a 2016 baseline, as it strives towards a science-based target of becoming a carbon-neutral business by 2050.

RBS and Tesco extend employee engagement programmes

EXCLUSIVE: RBS and Tesco have both confirmed that their respective behaviour change initiatives are being rolled out across the wider workforce after successful trial periods saw increased efficiencies and reduced costs.

Strong collective performance across the UK supermarket industry is held back by Iceland, Morrisons and Marks and Spencer (M&S)

Aldi tops UK supermarkets for sustainable seafood products

Aldi has edged out Sainsbury's and Lidl in offering the largest amount of sustainable seafood to UK customers, according to new findings from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

More than 370 businesses have joined the Science Based Targets initiative since its launch in 2015

More than 100 corporates have science-based targets approved

L'Oréal and Electrolux are among the latest businesses to have their emission reduction goals approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

Incorporating expert sessions and live audience Q&A, the webinar is free to watch live at 2pm today, and will be available on-demand afterwards

TUESDAY AT 2PM: Live behaviour change webinar featuring Tesco and RBS

Taking place today (17 April) at 2pm (BST), the one-hour webinar session will see experts from Tesco, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and EDF Energy provide their top tips on driving staff engagement on energy and sustainability.

Incorporating expert sessions and live audience Q&A, the webinar is free to watch live at 2pm on 17 April, and will be available on-demand afterwards

What does it take to change behaviours? edie webinar taking place on TUESDAY

edie's next one-hour webinar session will take place on Tuesday 17 April 2018, with experts from Tesco, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and EDF Energy set to provide their top tips on driving staff engagement on energy and sustainability.

The one-hour session will provide you with expert tips and proven techniques in delivering a successful behaviour change campaign

Behaviour change: Tesco and RBS to discuss engagement strategies in edie's next webinar

Individuals and organisations looking to drive staff engagement on energy and sustainability are encouraged to tune into a free webinar next month, featuring expert insight from the likes of Tesco, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and EDF Energy.

The scheme could be rolled out across the capital over the summer should it prove a success

London to pilot water bottle refill scheme to slash plastic waste

Major firms including Costa Coffee, Leon and Whole Foods will offer tap water refills across London stores as part of a pilot scheme to slash single-use plastic bottles in the capital.

Chancellor Hammond has set aside £20m for an innovation fund that will help businesses and universities discover new solutions to tackle plastic waste

Spring Statement: Chancellor unveils consultation on plastic tax

Phillip Hammond has launched a public consultation on a tax system for single-use plastics, vowing to tackle the “threat to our oceans" in his inaugural Spring Statement.

Water tests at one of the plants found that carbon disulphide – the toxic chemical used in viscose production – levels were 125 times the World Health Organization (WHO) guideline value

British retailers linked to polluting supplier factories

Marks & Spencer, H&M and ASOS are among the global companies that have agreed to incorporate new measures into sourcing policies for textile fibres, after a new report linked Tesco, Asda and Next to Asian viscose factories that are polluting the environment and contributing to premature deaths.

Under the Champions 12.3 initiative, Aldi will work with WRAP to engage its suppliers and logistic providers

Aldi pledges to halve food waste by 2030

The UK's fastest growing supermarket Aldi has pledged to reduce its operational food waste by 50% by 2030, after joining the Champions 12.3 coalition.

Plastics: We're at war with the symptoms, not the cause

Theresa May's call to eliminate all "avoidable" plastic waste within the next 25 years is a step in the right direction, but also follows a growing trend that ignores the remedies needed in the value chain of the UK's resource efficiency ambitions.

More than 78% of the packaging on all Tesco-branded products is recyclable Image: Tesco

Tesco supports deposit return scheme for plastic packaging

Following Theresa May's declaration that all avoidable plastic waste will be eliminated in the next 25 years, UK supermarket retailer Tesco has announced its support for a "cost-effective" deposit return scheme on packaging.

A survey from Emerson found that 40% of food retailers are unaware of regulatory changes relating to HFC reductions

The Kigali Amendment: Time for retailers to create the business case for a HFC phase-out

The UK ratified the Kigali amendment on harmful hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) greenhouse gases last week, but building the business case to switch to costly alternatives requires a delicate approach.

What the world needs now, is sustainable soy

Producing more responsible - and certified - soy will be critical in protecting the Cerrado region of Brazil.

Satsumas and other easy-peelers, as well as oranges, initially grow as a green fruit but turn orange as nights cool

Tesco stocks green satsumas in drive to reduce food waste

Tesco has started selling "green" satsumas and clementines after relaxing its quality specifications in its latest attempt to reduce food waste.

The Carbon Trust's Hugh Jones outlines the climate impact that a 0.5C difference can make

Aim Higher: Business can 'pioneer' climate agenda by targeting 1.5C pathway

Government and business commitments to align practices with a 1.5C pathway are "practically non-existent", but companies have the chance to become "true pioneers" of the climate movement by raising ambitions, a new report from the Carbon Trust claims.

Beyond the carrier bags

The success of the 5p carrier bag charge shows just how influential supermarkets can be in encouraging shoppers to adopt sustainable practices. How can they innovate to keep up the momentum asks Shilen Patel, CEO of Independents United.

Global deposit return schemes

Deposit return schemes add a small deposit on to the cost of drinks which is refunded to the consumer when the container is returned. Hence, the incentive for consumers to recycle their drinks containers is much greater. Containers, such as glass, can be refilled and other such as cans can be recycled, eliminating wastage of the containers.

The deal is the first struck between a major retailer and its food suppliers

Tesco agrees pioneering deal with suppliers to halve food waste

Tesco has struck a deal with its largest food suppliers for them to adopt the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) to halve food waste by 2030, on the same day a new global initiative has called on major international food producers to reduce food loss and waste.

The On The Hook campaign group has also raised concerns about MSC “developing commercial partnerships” with global retailers

Top retailers demanded to stop selling 'unsustainable tuna'

Major retailers Tesco, Asda and Morrisons have been accused of "misleading consumers" by selling "unsustainable tuna" sourced from two Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries.

Four ways to create real business value by addressing climate change

BITC member Carbon Clear's chief executive Mark Chadwick outlines why acknowledging and acting on climate change has evolved from mitigation practices to capturing holistic business opportunities.

Tesco criticised for deducting £3.4m from plastic bag tax charity donations

Millions of pounds in administration costs were deducted from the charitable donations made by Tesco using funds generated from the plastic bag tax, government data has revealed. No other major supermarket made any such deductions, leading senior MPs to urge Tesco to follow their lead.

Is high street sustainability an oxymoron?

Debbie Griffiths wants to know how responsible retailers can be...

Tesco to scrap single-use carrier bags in favour of 'bag for life'

The UK's largest supermarket group is replacing all of its 5p single-use carrier bags – which it sold more than 600 million of last year – with a new 10p 'bag for life' made from 94% recycled plastic.

The UK-based supermarket will work with Greenpeace to ensure zero discharge of hazardous chemicals into the environment by 2020 image: Tesco

Tesco commits to detox chemicals in clothing supply chain

Supermarket heavyweight Tesco has vowed to phase-out toxic chemicals in the supply chain of its F&F clothing line, by signing up to Greenpeace's DETOX campaign.

Celebrating success for business and the environment

This week I attended our 2017 Awards Gala Dinner. Always an inspiring event where the very best of responsible business is celebrated, what I found most encouraging last night was the focus on the environment across all areas.

The Efra Committee said that the new Government should force businesses over a certain size to publicly report data on food waste to create transparency

How can businesses tackle Britain's food waste problem?

Financial incentives for redistribution and publicly reported data on food waste were among the proposals put forward by business and political figures at a high-level panel discussion about food waste in Westminster.

#BreakFreeFromPlastic: Yes we can (recycle plastic bags)

On International Plastic Bag Free Day (3 July), let's consider the facts: the UK is still addicted to plastic bags. Even after the 5p charge was implemented in October 2015, supermarkets still sold 640 million plastic bags in just six months.

Samples taken from the river found traces of oil at least three miles downstream and more than 40 dead fish were found

Tesco hit with £8m fine for petrol pollution incident

Tesco has been ordered to pay £8m in fines and costs, after pleading guilty to causing pollution through a petrol leak in Lancashire.

The potential reduction is equivalent to removing 70,000 cars from the road

Tesco to slash carbon footprint with refrigerant retrofit

Tesco could reduce its carbon footprint by 40%, after agreeing to convert refrigerants across 1,200 UK stores to a new model from suppliers Honeywell.

The role of big business in addressing the unseen threat to climate change

The role of big business in climate change mitigation is one which has been heavily documented, and in a positive step last week we saw businesses acknowledge their role in this by calling for the introduction of a worldwide carbon pricing system, led by the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition.

Select Tesco stores will sell only reusable bags in a 10-week trial that could lead to the single-use bags being phased out in all of its stores

Tesco to trial a phase-out of single-use 5p plastic bags

Shoppers at a handful of Tesco stores in the UK will no longer be able to buy 5p "single-use" plastic carrier bags, in the first such trial by a supermarket.

Co-op has worked with scientific advisors to produce special packaging and vacuum packs that increase product shelf life

Co-op votes to make 100% of own-brand packaging recyclable

Co-op has pledged to make all of its own-brand packaging recyclable, in the same week as the head of food policy told edie the retailer is exploring the option to publicly release all of its food waste data.

Tesco has  had its goal to become a zero-carbon business by 2050 approved by the independent Science-Based Targets initiative

Tesco commits to 100% renewables by 2030

Tesco has pledged to deliver 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030, as the supermarket giant unveils tougher Science-Based Targets to help achieve its long-term emissions reduction plan.

Tesco has made a pledge that no surplus food will be wasted in its UK operations by the end of this year

Tesco unveils online supplier food waste 'hotline'

Tesco has today (13 March) launched an innovative online food waste 'hotline' to help the retailer work directly with suppliers and producers to identify and prevent potential supply chain food waste.

UK businesses will be called upon throughout the new Courtauld 2025 scheme to investigate innovate methods of encouraging consumer waste reduction

Innovation must be at heart of food waste fight, industry experts agree

EXCLUSIVE: Open-source innovation will be a central tool to help businesses meet the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12.3 objective of halving global food waste by 2030, a group of industry experts including the heads of Tesco and WRAP have told edie.

The latest Champions report analysed data from more 1,200 business sites across 17 countries and more than 700 companies across a range of sectors

Report: Tackling food waste offers 'triple win' for businesses to accelerate economic growth

Company efforts to tackled food waste can generate a "triple win" for the economy, food security and the environment while also generating financial returns of around $14 for every $1 spent on mitigation.

The survey reveals that imperfection would come at a cost to retailers, as 90% of respondents said they would need a discount to incentive them

Survey shows shoppers will purchase wonky fruit and veg, but only at a discount

The majority of supermarket customers are willing to buy imperfect fruit and vegetables, according to research, but only if the retailers deliver a significant discount on the misshapen products.

We must get behind wonky veg in the food waste war

As the food waste debate rages on, we need to leverage increased consumer interest to encourage real change in waste disposal attitudes and methods across the supply chain

Sainsbury's has already made a further £1 million fund available to towns and cities across the UK, to help them tackle food waste at the consumer stage

Sainsbury's sees surge in demand for regional food waste campaign

As the spotlight on reducing consumer food waste intensified this week, Sainsbury’s director of corporate affairs Louise Evans has revealed that the supermarket has seen a surge in applications from town and cities to take part in its campaign to tackle household food waste.

WRAP also revealed that it is working to increase the number of signatories of the Commitment

Courtauld Commitment signatories aim to double food redistribution output

Signatories of the flagship Courtauld Commitment have unveiled a new ambition to double the amount of surplus food that is redistributed across the UK, while supermarket chain Waitrose has agreed to a new surplus food redistribution trial with social enterprise charity FareShare.


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