Tesco becomes first UK supermarket to ban 'essential' baby product - HertsLive

2022-06-01 02:27:42 By : Ms. Kaki Huang

It's a step towards the supermarket becoming more eco-friendly

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Tesco have become the first major UK retailer to ban sales on a controversial baby product. It is a step towards the supermarket becoming more eco-friendly.

All plastic-based baby wipes have been removed from Tesco's shelves. Tesco has introduced a '4Rs' scheme - to remove plastic where they can, reduce where they can't, reuse more plastic and recycle what's left.

The retailer, which is headquartered in Welwyn Garden City, reports that it has already removed over 1.6 billion pieces of plastic from its UK stores.

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A spokesperson for Tesco said on Twitter on Friday (May 27): "We're the first major UK retailer to ban plastic-based baby wipes from our stores as part of our 4Rs strategy to Remove, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. A simple change to help you use less plastic!"

A video included alongside the post added: "There is no need for baby wipes to contain plastic. It's time for a change."

The move was first announced in February of this year. Tesco started to make its own-label wet wipes plastic-free in 2020 and has since been switching to bio-degradable viscose as it breaks down more quickly.

Tesco Group Quality Director Sarah Bradbury said in a statement released at the time: "We have worked hard to remove plastic from our wipes as we know how long they take to break down. There is no need for wet wipes to contain plastic so from now on we will no longer stock them if they do."

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