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Tesco's single-use carrier bag numbers drop by 1.5 billion

On the first anniversary of the carrier bag charge roll-out, UK supermarket giant Tesco has revealed that more than 1.5 billion single-use carrier bags have been saved by its customers in England since the levy's introduction.

The report calls on every country, every major city and every company that deals with food supply chains to set targets consistent with the aims of the SDGs

Target, measure, act: Global scale-up needed to accelerate food waste reduction

One year on from the establishment of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), nations and businesses have been urged to target, measure and reduce food waste in line with Goal 12.3, which calls for food waste to be halved by 2030.

The coca used in Tesco products will be sourced through a variety of sustainability programmes run by the Rainforest Alliance, UTZ, Cocoa Horizons and Fairtrade

Tesco finds an appetite for 100% sustainably sourced cocoa

Supermarket giant Tesco has revealed that it will acquire all cocoa used for its own label chocolate, biscuits, cakes, deserts and cereal products sold in the UK from Rainforest Alliance Certified sources by the end of 2018.

Tesco has turned to OEMs to trail new innovations to lower exhaust emissions. Despite some promising concepts, the company is yet to find a truly revolutionary method to curb emissions

Tesco's distribution fleet at risk of being 'left behind' in decarbonisation movement

Tesco's engineering and maintenance manager has claimed that there is "no love for the lorry" when it comes to promoting fuel efficiency and decarbonising exhaust emissions, and has called on Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and policymakers to provide more clarity on a low-carbon future for freight fleets.

Tesco is already citing its alcohol isles and bakeries as the cause for the rise and has planned to alleviate the issue

Tesco's food waste climbed by 4% last year

As Tesco's chief executive used a keynote speech in Cape Town to implore companies to do more to tackle food waste, the UK supermarket revealed that its own food waste had increased by 4% to 59,400 tonnes last year.

The LARAC chair said the organisation looked forward to working with both the REA and the Government to find solutions to the UK’s recycling and sustainability needs

REA calls for 'urgent' collaboration between food waste industry and local authorities

Increased collaboration and action is needed between the food waste industry and local authorities to boost recycling and food waste capture rates, according to the Renewable Energy Association (REA) and the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC).

FoodCloud has already been successfully implemented at more than 150 Tesco stores, creating an excess of 350,000 meals for around 940 charities nationwide

Tesco issues rallying call for innovators to help tackle food waste

EXCLUSIVE: Off the back of an impressive track record using innovative platforms to tackle the growing problem of food waste, Britain's biggest supermarket chain has reached out to innovators to introduce further waste reduction solutions.

Tesco currently uses 6.4 million cubic meters of water each year – enough to fill Wembley stadium one and a half times over

Tesco calls for improved data access for water consumption

EXCLUSIVE: With water regulator Ofwat confirming that a reform of the water retail market will take place on time, Britain's biggest supermarket chain is calling on suppliers to incentivise a new and competitive water market through the "difficult beast" of data management.

FareShare believes that the strengthened commitment will see more than 5,000 extra charities and community groups collaborate with the platform

Tesco rolls out 'FoodCloud' waste donation scheme

Tesco has commenced a national roll-out of a comprehensive and innovative online 'FoodCloud' platform that redirects surplus food from stores to provide millions of meals to local charities and community groups across the country.

Fareshare director of food Mark Varney spoke at an All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group supply chain event in London last week

Food waste: Focus must shift from supermarkets to supply chains

EXCLUSIVE: Food waste campaigners should stop 'beating up the supermarkets' and instead look further up the supply chain at the untapped redistribution potential of thousands of processors and manufacturers, Britain's largest food redistribution charity has said.

The new vegetable box will go on sale in 128 stores across the UK.

Asda puts UK's first supermarket wonky veg box on sale

The UK's first supermarket 'wonky vegetable' box went on sale on Friday, containing enough ugly potatoes and knobbly carrots to feed a family of four for an entire week for just £3.50.

Nearly 1/3 of all food is lost or wasted globally

Tesco leads new food-waste fighting coalition

Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis will chair a new food waste reduction coalition, launched Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

The drop in bag use by Tesco customers in store is almost 10% higher than Tesco predicted

Plastic bag use in Tesco's slashed by nearly 80% with new charge

Tesco store customers used 78% fewer single-use plastic bags in the month since the introduction of the 5p bag charge in England.

The campaign aims to follow on from the exposure generated by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's War on Waste TV series

Stop the Rot: Skip of food waste arrives at supermarket HQs

A skip full of food waste has been delivered to various supermarket headquarters across the UK, as part of a new campaign supported by celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and environmentalist George Monbiot.

Since the launch of this partnership Tesco and its customers have donated 27.5 million meals to FareShare

Tesco fights war on waste with revamped food donation scheme

UK retail giant Tesco has announced it is donating a further 700,000 meals from its 10 distribution centres to charities in an attempt to reduce the amount of surplus food the company is producing.

If food waste was measured as a country it would be the third biggest emitter of GHG in the world

Feeling green: Food firms urged to get emotional over sustainability

Using "emotional drivers" and financial incentives is the quickest way to spark corporate interest in sustainability initiatives, leading food industry experts have claimed.

The Hammond family farm in Norfolk are forced to throw away more than 20 tonnes of waste parsnips a week

Hugh's war on food waste: Are supermarkets doing enough?

Chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has gone to war on waste, with a new TV show highlighting the food waste caused by exacting supermarket standards. But the retailers have been quick to tell edie about the steps they're taking to tackle the problem.

Retailers account for just over 1% of the estimated annual 15m tonnes of UK food waste

UK supermarkets slash food waste by 20,000 tonnes

The UK's leading retailers have banded together to reduce supermarket food waste by 20,000 tonnes over the past year, according to a new report from the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Writing in the report introduction, managing director David Forde said:

Heineken UK cuts emissions but water efficiency flatlines

Brewing giant Heineken UK has released its 2014 Sustainability Report, revealing small reductions in emissions from production and distribution, but no change in water efficiency.

Households account for roughly half of the 15 million tonnes of food wasted in the UK every year

Sainsbury's searches for 'test bed' town to trial food waste initiatives

Sainsbury's has launched a five-year, £10m innovation project to try and tackle the problem of household food waste in the UK.

As part of the pledge supermarkets will have to ensure costumers that all their own brand products come from sustainable sources

Britain's supermarkets step up deforestation efforts with WWF campaign

The 'Big Four' supermarkets, which together account for more than 70% of the UK's grocery market, have pledged to ensure that all timber and wood-based products will be sustainably-sourced by 2020.

Majority of Brits believe all plastic bags should be biodegradable

The majority of Britons believe all plastic bags should be both recyclable and biodegradable, according to a new YouGov poll.

Morrisons is the latest food retailer to team up with the charity FoodCycle

Morrisons announces new partnership to tackle food waste

Supermarket chain Morrisons has announced it is working with charity FoodCycle to tackle UK poverty and food waste.

Community Shop and Food Cycle aim to reduce food waste and food poverty together. Photo: FoodCycle

'Social supermarket' unites with surplus charity unite to tackle food poverty

A new partnership between Community Shop and the charity Food Cycle is set to prevent even more food waste while providing social benefits to deprived areas.

Experts from the food and refrigeration industries called for more investment to drive innovations

Invest in cold technology or miss carbon targets, industry experts warn

Industry experts have warned the UK will fail to reach its carbon emissions targets without investment in cold energy generation.

(L-R): Alice Ellison (BRC); Matt Wood (Asda); Paul Crewe (Sainsbury's); and Matt Simister (Tesco) at the Fareshare Food Surplus Summit

Supermarkets take shared responsibility for food waste crackdown

The UK's three largest supermarket chains and the trade body which represents them have unanimously agreed that more collaboration is needed to redistribute more surplus food to charities.

Microbeads are used as exfoliants in a range of beauty and cosmetic products, including facial scrubs and toothpastes.

Britain's major retailers vow to end microbead use

Almost all of Britain's major retailers have pledged to phase out harmful microbeads from their own-brand cosmetic and beauty products, marking a major victory for environmentalists.

The scheme is already in place at Tesco stores in Ireland, and will now be piloted in ten Tesco stores around the UK

Tesco to turn surplus food into 70 million meals for charities

Tesco has announced a new plan to cut food waste by handing out tonnes of surplus food to charities at the end of each day.

The UK wastes 15m tonnes of food per year. EFRA is urging Government to provide WRAP with funding to help tackle this food waste problem.

MPs urge Government to provide WRAP with 'sufficient funding' to help tackle food waste

A cross-party group of MPs has urged the Government to provide WRAP with 'sufficient public funding' for it to maintain momentum in its food waste reduction programmes.

Only 1.3% of all food waste came from the seven major supermarkets in 2013

Supermarket food waste: Combined figures revealed for first time

The UK's seven major supermarkets contributed to just 1.3% of all food waste in 2013, according to new figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

MPs call on WRAP to set tougher food redistribution targets for retailers and manufacturers.

MPs urge food industry to increase surplus redistribution

A cross-party group of MPs has urged the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) to set food retailers and manufacturers a target of doubling the proportion of surplus food they redistribute to food assistance providers and other voluntary organisations to help eliminate hunger.

The trial, funded by WRAP and Procter and Gamble, seperates trigger tops on plastic bottles for recycling

Cross-sector consortium triggers packaging recycling trial

Supermarket giant Tesco and Procter and Gamble's air freshener brand Febreze are taking part in a new collaborative project to change recycling behaviours of consumers.

EU loopholes allow more than half of timber imports to come from illegal sources

UK firms make sustainable timber pledge

Tesco, M&S, Homebase and Sky are among a coalition of big businesses that have signed up to a new WWF-UK commitment to use 100% sustainable timber by 2020.

One sixth of Assam's 30 million citizens live in tea-growing communities

Tesco tackles child exploitation in tea trade supply chain

Tesco is leading a partnership to support children in tea-growing communities who may be vulnerable to trafficking and abuse.

A trial run reduced store energy usage by 20%

Every little helps: Tesco targets wasted energy with new management software

Tesco has contracted energy management firm ElsterEnergyICT to help reduce its energy consumption across its stores in the UK, Europe and Asia.

Major corporations are outpacing governments on carbon pricing

Big business leads the way on carbon pricing

Major corporations are outpacing governments by preparing for a financial future with carbon pricing.

Participants receive 25 Clubcard points or a 50p coupon for pledging to recycle more at home

Tesco and Coca-Cola launch joint campaign to boost recycling rates

Tesco has teamed up with Coca-Cola Enterprises to launch an educational online recycling campaign in a bid to stimulate behaviour change among consumers.

Tesco are asking customers to vote fot the charity they would like to see benefit from a share of an estimated £1.8m that will be raised from single-use carrier bag charges in Scotland and Wales

VIDEO: Tesco announces charity shortlist for £1.8m carrier bag windfall

Having whittled it down to five charities, Tesco has launched a public vote to name beneficiaries of an estimated £1.8m to be raised from carrier bag charges in Scotland and Wales.

Food waste is estimated to be costing consumers around £2.4bn a year. WRAP is now calling for businesses signed up to its Courtauld Commitment to do more around packaging design, storage guidance and date label clarification.

Food and drink firms told to intensify efforts to combat 'untouched' food waste

SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REPORT. Food and drink companies face renewed calls today to implement better product packaging and labelling measures as new research reveals 2 million tonnes of household food in the UK is thrown away because it is judged to be past its prime.

It is estimated that more than 160,000 tonnes of flexible laminate packaging enters the UK marketplace each year

Tesco, Nestlé and Coca-Cola to test recycling options for 'challenging' materials

A consortium involving Tesco UK, Nestlé UK & Ireland and Coca-Cola Enterprises has won government funding to undertake research into cost-effective collection and reprocessing methods for hard-to-recycle packaging materials.

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Tesco reveals food waste figures as it targets hotspots for action

Tesco has revealed for the first time how much food it has wasted within its UK operations over the past year in a bid to be more transparent on the issue.

Tesco wants to become a zero-carbon business by 2050

Tesco turns to sea and rail travel to cut transport emissions

Tesco has slashed its freight transport emissions by 14 per cent over the past two years, off the back of a 50% reduction achieved between 2006 and 2012.

Wrap says that surplus food can be effectively redistributed to local charities

Supermarkets producing 'viable volumes' of surplus food that could go to charity, study finds

Retailers are producing "viable volumes" of surplus food that arise at the back of store which could be redistributed direct to charity and provide social benefit, according to new report from the Waste and Resources Action Programme(WRAP).

Tesco will roll out the plastic packaging to prevent food waste by the end of the year

Tesco to swap cardboard egg boxes with plastic ones to 'prevent food waste'

Retail giant Tesco has announced that it will be scrapping cardboard egg boxes in favour of plastic ones in a bid to prevent more than a million eggs a year being wasted.

Tesco releases new report called Trading Responsibly

Tesco reiterates pledge to work with suppliers to cut waste

Retail giant Tesco has reiterated its commitment to work with its suppliers to cut waste in its supply chain.

Former supermodel Anna Freemantle with students

Clothing giants including Stella McCartney and Next sign green pledge

UK clothing powerhouses including Tesco, Next and designer Stella McCartney are among 53 retailers, suppliers, charities and recyclers in the textiles sector who have committed to significantly reduce the environmental impacts of clothing across its lifecycle.

Waitrose's Quentin Clark looks to make recycling fun for shoppers

Waitrose joins Tesco in putting a new 'spin' on customer recycling

Waitrose has become the second major food retailer to team up with Coca-Cola Enterprises to encourage higher household recycling rates through the launch of a customer pledge scheme.

Tesco gets 37,000 customers promising to recycle more

Tesco has hailed its online customer recycling pledge scheme set up in June with Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) as a success, announcing that the initiative has attracted 37,000 pledges so far.

Shoppers prefer to buy beautiful food

Tesco: Shoppers who shun 'ugly' fruit contribute to food waste

Too many British shoppers are shunning misshapen fruit and vegetables and are responsible for a lot of food waste, a Tesco executive has said.

Tesco accused of carrying rubbish in food trucks to cut costs

Supermarket insists that move causes no risks to hygiene and that new routines are cutting carbon emissions

Up to 18,000 tonnes of pumpkin could be thrown into Britain's bins by the end of the day

Pumpkins are Halloween's hidden food waste nightmare

Halloween may be frightening for many but to those against food waste the night produces a scary amount of pumpkin waste.

Tesco is committed to an end to multi-buy promotions on bagged salad and will remove 'display until' labels from fresh fruit and vegetables

Tesco cuts promotions to reduce food waste

With over two thirds of bagged salads ending up in the bin, Tesco has decided that enough is enough.

Tesco collaborates with suppliers to cut carbon and energy use

Tesco is launching a collaborative buying club to help suppliers invest in energy efficient lighting equipment and installations, the retailer announced today.

Latest sponsor adds support to Sustainability Leaders Awards 2013

edie and Sustainable Business magazine are delighted to welcome Air Products on board as a 2013 Sustainability Leaders Awards sponsor.

Look familiar? Despite consumers' good intentions they still took home more carrier bags last year than the year before

Bad news on bag use as consumption increases year-on-year

Progress on reducing the number of single-use carrier bags issued in the UK has stalled according to the latest figures from WRAP - in fact, last year saw an increase in usage.

Major clothing retailers sign environmental footprint commitment

Companies representing more than a third of UK clothing sales have signed a commitment to measure, report and lower their environmental footprints.

Tesco targets 3D printing as future repair service for consumer goods

Tesco is exploring ways to utilise 3D printing as an in-store repair service for its non-food products, according to the company's innovation ambassador Paul Wilkinson.

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