“A north London supermarket has become Britain’s first to introduce plastic-free zones, in a move campaigners believe will spur the giant chains to follow suit.
“Thornton Budgens in Belsize Park has converted more than 1,700 product lines to non-plastic packaging over the past 10 weeks, part of a journey that promises to take the store “virtually plastic-free” within three years.
“It follows the introduction of the world’s first plastic-free aisle to a Dutch supermarket in Amsterdam last February.
“Sian Sutherland, co-founder of the campaign group A Plastic Planet, which is working with Thornton Budgens, said the transition was being aided by “challenger” producers more instinctively comfortable with packaging their produce in non-plastic.
“Ms Sutherland said the success of Thornton Budgets would give the lie to claims that progress on plastics can only be made incrementally.
“We’re going to be a living, working lab,” she said.
“All the other supermarkets can look and learn from what we’re doing.”
“We have converted 1,700 product lines in just ten weeks, but that’s just the beginning.”
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