UK Supermarket Unveils Landmark Plastic-Free Range

by Bill McCool on 10/23/2019 | 2 Minute Read

Would you buy milk or peanut butter at the grocery store if they were on tap, using a refillable glass jar instead of a plastic container?

Well, if you live in the UK, you can do that starting today.

In an effort to further cut single-use plastic waste, The Thornton’s Budgens store in Belsize Park of North London unveiled its landmark Unpackaged range of 200 products. Now, in addition to dry goods like legumes, nuts, and grains, shoppers can buy milk, orange juice, and peanut butter at the tap, along with reusable glass jars.

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In addition to an extended selection of vegan and gluten-free foods in plastic-free packaging, they could also buy ethical fairtrade coffee in a plastic-free cup as well as loosely-sold personal care products like shampoo and shower gels.

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This all comes on the heels of Thornton’s Budgens working with A Plastic Planet this past year, where they helped introduce the world’s first Plastic Free Zones in their North London location. Additionally, you could find over 1,800 products typically packaged using plastic in sustainable materials like beechwood netting and coconut bowls.

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“We are very proud of our partnership with Thornton’s Budgens,” said social impact movement and nonprofit A Plastic Planet co-founder Sian Sutherland in a press release. “It has consistently proven that selling plastic-free is not just good for the planet but good for business."

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“People finally have a real choice now, and they are voting with their wallets,” she added. “After all the pledges and plastic promises from many of the larger supermarkets, it is great to work with a leader who believes in people, planet, and profit—in that order.”

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