Tesco to make change to 10 stores with service already available online

By Jessica Sansome

Tesco is set to make a brilliant change to ten stores - replicating a service already available online.

The supermarket giant is extending its zero-waste shopping service from online to stores to allow people to buy products from laundry detergent to ketchup in refillable packaging.

Shoppers in 10 Tesco stores in the east of England can now buy products in reusable packaging that can be returned when finished so it can be cleaned, refilled and used again.

Brands included in the service include Bisto, Brewdog, Bulldog, Carex, Coca-Cola, Ecover, Fever Tree, Finish, Good4U, Heinz, Mud House, Naked Noodle, Original Source, Persil, Quaker Oats, Radox, Simple, Sipsmiths and Tetley.

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Tesco has also included 35 own-brand essentials in the range, such as pasta, rice, oil and sugar, with more products to be added throughout the year.

The introduction of Loop in Tesco stores follows a year-long online pilot that allowed customers to order and return products in reusable packaging to and from their doorstep.

It will work by customers paying a deposit fee on each piece of packaging ranging from 20p to £5 at the checkout.

This is then fully refundable via an app when the empty item is returned to a collection point in the store.

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Shoppers wishing to opt for reusable packaging visit the Loop fixture in the store and add the products they want into their trolley as a part of their shop.

The Loop range comes pre-filled in the appropriate container for the product, so there is no need for customers to bring their own containers or refill themselves.

Tesco Group chief executive Ken Murphy said: "We are determined to tackle plastic waste and one of the ways we can help is by improving reuse options available to customers.

"Bringing Loop to our stores is a significant milestone in this journey. With 88 everyday products available, we’re giving customers a wide range of options and we’ll learn as much as we can from this to inform our future packaging plans."

Tom Szaky, founder and chief executive of Loop and TerraCycle, added: "The consumer reaction to Loop in these first Tesco stores will prove pivotal in refining the Loop offering and ultimately we hope to scale reuse across more stores and the number of product lines available."

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