Britain’s biggest grocer wants to get rid of a billion plastic pieces


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Major U.K. grocery chain Tesco announced plans to remove 1 billion pieces of plastic from its own-brand products in its U.K. stores by the end of 2020.

The firm said Friday it would be making several changes to get rid of plastic. It will remove plastic trays used for ready meals; replace small plastic bags used for fruits, vegetables and baked goods with paper ones; get rid of straws and sporks from drinks cartons and snack pots; and remove secondary lids on items like yogurt and cereals.

Additionally, it will remove 200 million pieces of plastic that are currently used for greeting cards and clothing. Overall, the plans will essentially result in the…


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