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Poll reveals that more than 9 in 10 people want a plastic free aisle in supermarkets

Posted: 26 July 2017 | | 2 comments

More than 90 per cent of Britons want supermarkets to introduce a plastic-free aisle in stores according to a poll.

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Consumers are seeking packaging that doesn't harm the planet

Asked in a Populus survey of 2,000 UK adults, commissioned by environmental campaign group A Plastic Planet, if they support or oppose the introduction of a supermarket aisle that features only products that are free of plastic packaging 91 per cent said they supported it.

Separately four in five (81 per cent) of those surveyed said that they were concerned ‘about the amount of plastic packaging that is thrown away in the UK’.

Support for a supermarket aisle featuring only goods not wrapped in plastic packaging was highest in the North East, where 96 per cent of survey respondents backed the move.

The survey revealed that women are slightly more likely to support the introduction of Plastic Free Aisles then men (92 per cent compared to 91 per cent), while people aged 65 or over are more likely to advocate the measure than any other age group (94 per cent compared to 89 per cent of 25-34 year-olds).

Levels of concern were highest in Wales, with 86 per cent of adults saying that they are worried about the amount of packaging that is thrown away.

A Plastic Planet Co-Founder Sian Sutherland said: “It’s becoming increasingly clear that the Great British Public wants a fresh alternative to goods laden with plastic packaging. Too much of our plastic waste ends up in oceans and landfill.

“Consumer demand for products that generate less plastic waste is higher than ever. A Plastic Free Aisle would help supermarkets meet the needs of shoppers who are fed up of buying products covered with layer after layer of throwaway plastic.

“For years we’ve able to buy gluten-free, dairy-free, and fat-free, so why no plastic free?”

Professor Hilary Kennedy of Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences said: “There is a growing body of evidence that plastic waste poses a global challenge, directly affecting marine life and ecosystems.

“A Plastic Free Aisle in supermarkets would help encourage a reduction in the amount of plastic waste being dumped in our environment.”

A Plastic Planet is a grassroots campaign group which launched in March this year. The campaign aims to highlight the growing plastic crisis that threatens both the environment and human health.

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2 responses to “Poll reveals that more than 9 in 10 people want a plastic free aisle in supermarkets”

  1. Tim Nice says:

    I can’t see how this will work. The pictures illustrate fruit and veg. which can easily be displayed loose in the shop. But the customer has still got to put them in a plastic bag to take them home. You can’t very easily throw a handful of loose carrots into the bottom of your shopping trolley and then pull them out one by one (interspersed with other products) to be scanned at the checkout. The only advantage with selling things loose like this is that you do not need to buy a bag of eight when you only need four. It will thus help reduce the problem of food waste but will not reduce the amount of plastic.

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