Retailer Waitrose revealed late last week its twelve new targets to reduce its carbon footprint

Retailer Waitrose have made decisions to reduce the amount of packaging it uses by 50 per cent by 2016, with decisions to also replace lights with energy efficient LED’s and to power as many as forty stores with sustainably sourced wood chips.
By: EUM Consultants
 
FORT PARKWAY, U.K. - May 7, 2013 - PRLog -- Retailer Waitrose have made decisions to reduce the amount of packaging it uses by 50 per cent by 2016, the announcement comes hand in hand with decisions to also replace lights with energy efficient LED’s and to power as many as forty stores with sustainably sourced wood chips.

The plans to reduce their energy consumption are to help cut their usage by half in the next four years, in comparison to 2005 levels. “So many huge retailers are really taking reducing their energy consumption seriously, with the amount of huge names and companies getting involved, in the next 10 years hopefully we will see a good reduction in C02 levels in the atmosphere” says Mark McAlear, Managing Director of EUM Consultants.

The retailer Waitrose is expected to save 100 tonnes of packaging a year through its prepared meal section. The sleeves on the outside of the products will be shrunk to save around 33 tonnes a year out of the estimated 100 tonnes. Not only will the products packaging be shrunk, but new recyclable materials will be introduced such us aluminium trays to create further energy consumption savings. “It is the small things that can make such a huge difference, who would of though changing packaging could make such a huge reduction? If every retailer got involved, as well as all products and made their packaging smaller or changed the materials, we really would be living in a greener world.” says Alex Tsimboykas, sales Director of EUM Consultants. By removing the plastic trays normally used with pork and lamb and reducing the window on the Retailers range of snack packs and sandwiches is also set to save almost 50 tonnes a year.

“Waitrose really is thinking out of the box, it is good that they are making so many changes as it will make a much larger impact, I always see packaging and wonder why there is so much packaging for such a small product, hopefully they can get the ball rolling for other companies as well by reducing their packaging” says Mark McAlear, Managing Director of EUM Consultants.

The changes do not end in packaging, Waitrose also have set a goal to have 100 per cent sustainable-sourced fish goal, which will affect all seafood from fresh and frozen fish to sandwiches and ready meals.

The move has already begun and from the beginning of this week, it will see all breaded cod and haddock as well as fresh and smoked fish certified as sustainable.
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