Supermarket is first in Britain to banish plastic packaging

Supermarket is first in Britain to banish plastic packaging from its aisles

  • The Thornton’s Budgens shop has now converted more than 1,700 product lines
  • Store in Belsize Park, north London, wants to be ‘virtually plastic free’ eventually 
  • Aims to one day have all crisps, vegetables and cheese in non-plastic packaging

A supermarket has become the first in the country to introduce dedicated aisles of products without plastic packaging.

The Thornton’s Budgens shop has converted more than 1,700 product lines over the past ten weeks.

A spokesman for the store in Belsize Park, north London, pledged to make it ‘virtually plastic-free’ within three years. Actors Jim Broadbent and Dame Janet Suzman, who both live locally, have backed the move.

This Thornton’s Budgens shop in Belsize Park, north London (pictured) aims to be ‘virtually plastic-free’ within three years

The news follows the introduction of the world’s first plastic-free aisle to a shop in Amsterdam in February. But the London supermarket is even more ambitious. It aims to have all crisps, vegetables and cheese in non-plastic packaging.


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Franchise owner Andrew Thornton told The Daily Telegraph: ‘We’re hoping that what we’re doing here will challenge the likes of Sainsbury’s, Tesco and others.’

Today’s official launch of the supermarket comes the week after Chancellor Philip Hammond announced a tax on newly-made plastic in the Budget.

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