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The milkman reimagined - back to refillables

Terracycle's Loop will be working with Tesco to launch the UK's first major online shopping service for groceries in reusable packaging.

With over 150 major branded products, including Coca Cola, Heinz, Persil, Nivea and Danone, customers will be able to place orders online for goods that normally come in single-use plastic packaging. They will be delivered instead in durable, refillable containers that can be collected from the doorstep and cleaned for reuse up to 100 times. (Heinz’s tomato ketchup, for example, will be delivered in its patented octagonal glass bottles, designed 130 years ago). This initiative will be a key part of Tesco's 4Rs plan to Remove, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle it's packaging.

Initially shoppers will only be able to buy from the Loop webstore but the new partnership with Tesco aims to eventually put dedicated aisles into stores. Product prices will be comparable to the equivalent plastic packaging costs, but with returnable deposits for the refillable containers.

Loop is already established in the US through Kroger and Walgreens, and France through Carrefour, and is now launching in the UK with Tesco, with further launches in Germany, Japan, Canada and Australia coming soon. The new service hopes to change the way some households shop amid concern about the increasing reliance on single-use plastic globally.

The Loop scheme is run by Terracycle, a global recycling company, and is based on e-commerce ordering, which has surged again since the CoVid pandemic.

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