Tesco has announced the launch of a new cleaning range where customers will be able to buy refills for cleaning sprays in a bid to help UK homes save up to 60 million pieces of plastic a year.
Tesco said that customers looking for more sustainable ways to shop can refill existing sprays with dissolvable capsules which are mixed with tap water to make a new cleaning solution. This offers a “cheaper alternative” to repurchasing a conventional spray bottle.
The company also said this is a “new, greener way of home cleaning that uses considerably less plastic”, and that if customers use the new concentrated solutions, over 60 million pieces of plastic will be removed from sale each year.
Included in the new range is the Anti Bac Multi-Purpose Surface Cleanser Original, Anti Bac Multi-Purpose Surface Cleanser Apple, Anti Bac Kitchen Surface cleaner, Anti Bac Bathroom Surface cleaner, Daily Shower cleaner, and the Window and Glass cleaner.
Meanwhile, UK households reportedly use over 70 million cleaning sprays every year and more than 140 million pieces of plastic.
Since the inception of its 4Rs strategy in 2019 to tackle the impact of plastic waste, Tesco has reportedly removed a billion pieces of plastic from its UK business, and it aims to remove a further half a billion this year.
Additionally, Tesco has also reduced the materials used each year in its packaging by more than 2500 tonnes and recently launched the reusable packaging service Loop in ten stores, and new soft plastic recycling facilities across all large stores.
Michael Williment, Tesco cleaning product buyer, said: “Refillable cleaning products should prove to be popular with our customers.
“Not only are they better for the planet – they clean to the same high standard, are easy to use and cheaper than buying a new spray bottle each time.”