Tesco launches products in reusable containers you can send back to be refilled

Cutting down on plastic has got easier but trips to the supermarket still mean picking up things that will be used once and thrown away.

In a bid to offer more reusable options, Tesco has teamed up with Loop to launch an online shopping service that delivers products only in reusable packaging.

Customers can now order 150 popular products in reusable packaging and once you are finished, the container can be collected, returned to Loop, professionally cleaned and then reused.

It’s similar to how a traditional milkman works but for a much wider range of items.

After use, customers simply place the empty containers into the tote bag in which the food arrived and go online to schedule a packaging pickup and second delivery. A deposit is paid on each piece of packaging and is fully refunded upon return.

The service will be available across the UK, including Northern Ireland and will feature items such as Heinz Tomato ketchup, Persil washing liquid, Coca-Cola, Nivea moisturiser and Danone yoghurt.

The Loop service has already started successful partnerships with Carrefour in France and Kroger and Walgreens in the U.S., but this is the first time they have teamed up with a UK supermarket.

Giles Bolton, Responsible Sourcing Director for Tesco, said: ‘Reuse is a vital part of our 4R packaging plan and this pilot partnership is key to finding a scalable reusable packaging solution for our customers.

‘We will listen to their feedback and help Loop develop the online service throughout the year. The range will increase over time and next year we will introduce some of the products in reusable packaging into our own stores.’

Sadly some of the products do come with an extra cost in the Loop service. For example, a 1 litre bottle on Coca-Cola costs £2.49 with Loop, but a 1.25 litre bottle in store is currently £1.59.

Some items are available to order now, with more coming soon.

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