Waitrose Ltd

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Waitrose is a chain of British supermarkets, which forms the food retail division of Britain's largest employee-owned retailer, John Lewis Partnership plc. Its head office is located in Bracknell, Berkshire.ref Waitrose & Partners has 353 shops across the UK,ref including 65 "little Waitrose" convenience shops, and a 5.1% share of the market, making it the 8th-largest retailer of groceries in the UK.ref They also export products to 52 countries and have locations in the Middle East.ref

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Awards

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Plastic Packaging

  • Dec.15.2018: Waitrose to ban glitter from own-brand products by 2020. Retailer says it will find other ways to make products sparkle in effort to stem plastic waste. Most glitter is made from etched aluminium bonded to polyethylene terephthalate – a form of microplastic that can find its way into the oceans. Meanwhile, Marks & Spencer is introducing a biodegradable alternative to glitter across its fresh flowers and plant range. It could be in use as early as January after a successful trial. Rebecca Smithers, The Guardian.
  • Jan.14.2018: What are supermarkets doing to fight plastic? Plastic waste is "one of the great environmental scourges of our time". These are the words of Prime Minister Theresa May, who has pledged to ban all avoidable plastic waste in the UK by 2042. Despite extending the 5p charge on single-use plastic bags, major retailers in England still sold 2.1bn in the last financial year. But organisations like Greenpeace UK are sceptical about the plan, citing Mrs May's "vague aspirations". So what are Britain's 10 biggest supermarkets doing to combat the "scourge" of plastic? Waitrose has thinned its prepared salad bags and reduced smoked salmon packaging by 50%. It charges 30p or 40p for its food to be delivered or collected in plastic bags. Despite plastic bag charging, Waitrose says it supplied 63m bags in England from Apr.2016-Apr.2017. By switching to biodegradable cotton buds, Waitrose estimates it has saved 21 tonnes of plastic. In Jul.2017, it introduced a new sandwich wrapper, the plastic and cardboard of which can be more easily separated for recycling than other packaging. It also trialled a non-plastic punnet made from tomato leaf and cardboard pulp in Oct.2017, and does not sell any products containing microbeads. It plans to make its own-label packaging widely recyclable, reusable or home compostable by 2025. BBC News.

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