Be at the Forefront of Change with Recyclable Packaging

Tesco Changes Rules on Packaging Materials

This week, the UK’s biggest retailer announced to suppliers that it will be banning non-recyclable packaging from next year. Tesco’s chief product officer, Jason Tarry told suppliers that by the end of 2019 all of its own-branded products will need to packaged in easily recyclable materials as it transitions to a closed loop system. These changes come ahead of the targets set by Tesco and 40 other major businesses to eradicate single use plastics from packaging by 2025 as part of the UK Plastics Pact

Material Change

Tesco will ban PVC, polystyrene, oxo-degradable materials, PLA, water soluble bioplastics and industrial compostable materials and is reviewing other materials such as polypropylene, cellulose and complex laminates. 

The materials that are on the approved list include glass, aluminium, PET, HDPE, LDPE, polyethylene, polypropylene (non-food) and sustainably sourced wood, board and paper. 

Rethink, Redesign, Recycle

As more major retailers and businesses make big changes in their approaches to sustainability and recycling initiatives, it’s wise to appraise and audit the materials in your businesses supply chain now and act ahead of the curve. Making products easier to recycle by reducing the weight, simplifying the number of components and number of materials can be both excellent ways to address consumer concerns and make firm environmental commitments. 

Fast Action

For suppliers of Tesco’s own-branded products and companies wanting to act sooner rather than later, our facility is equipped to handle all stages of your manufacturing and delivery. 

All items in our standard packaging range are made from easily recyclable materials and are available in any colour. These ‘off the shelf’ items are ready to be produced with quick turnaround and are suitable for a wide range of uses, including: food and beverage, household and beauty. 

For bespoke items, our design team work with your branding and marketing managers to design a product that works for you, your customer and your environmental targets. Working with a UK manufacturer also reduces lead times, shipping and transport emissions to reduce the overall carbon impact of your products. 

If you would like your product developed and manufactured by a company with a responsible approach to plastics manufacturing and recycling, please get in touch. You can call us on +44 1692 501 020 or email

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