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.
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.
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'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'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.
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).
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Big business leads the way on carbon pricing
Major corporations are outpacing governments by preparing for a financial future with carbon pricing.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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
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 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.
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.