Reducing Plastic – Retailing Best Practice

Key Facts

  • The need to reduce plastic is one of the biggest challenges to face the population for a generation (alongside COVID)
  • Our report offers over 100 ideas to aid the effort to reduce plastic.
  • The very best examples from around the world, with real life examples from the shop floor.


Plastic Reduction - Report on Asda Middleton, Leeds

Waitrose Unwrapped - Oxford

Plastic Reduction in Tesco Bar Hill - Store Report

Our 120 page document highlights examples of the best practice we have seen when it comes to reducing plastic. All observations and images are generated from our store visits from around the UK and indeed, the world at large. (pre COVID).

Our best practice methodology allows us to focus on a specific area of retail, with the Grocery Insight team holding a deep dive meeting to review all of our images that highlight where plastic has been reduced, be it signage, packaging, initiatives, trial stores, product examples, our list goes on and on.

The output is both a report and the associated images which feature the very best examples of execution that we have seen from our countless store visits around the world.

All of this is curated by our team (and me!) to showcase real expertise whilst providing actionable insight for your organisation with one eye on the 'reality of retail' - as ever.

In this document - we focus on the growing area of plastic reduction and sustainability, alongside the growing trend of the move to "net zero" as well.

We look at the various ways that retailers and suppliers have both reduced plastic and then how they've communicated the change to the customer. We look at the latest work from Waitrose, Tesco and the other leading UK retailers, alongside inspiration from around the world too.

Alongside this. We consider how retailers have looked to reduce plastic in their stores.

Are there quick wins for your organisation based on work that has occurred elsewhere? Is it a major change that requires numerous stakeholders?

Does it require the customer to do anything, materially different?

Or is it something that could be adopted by every single retailer and reduce the amount of plastic being used across the world?

Our reducing plastic, retailing best practice document features over 100 examples of such activity to reduce plastic and indeed, general waste output.

Buy today and see what you can adopt and implement in to your business.

Number of pages: 120

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  • Introduction
  • Reducing Plastic - a hugely important topic
  • How can retailers reduce plastic?
  • Our "top 10"
  • Over 100 examples of plastic reduction from around the world.

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