Sainsbury’s squashes Halloween plastic waste by 15 tonnes

It is also encouraging fewer people to waste their pumpkins, only selling edible ones and providing recipes

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Sainsbury’s has removed more than 15 tonnes of plastic from its Halloween range this year.

The retailer has eliminated plastic lamination from its paper plates and bowls, replaced its plastic ‘trick or treat’ buckets with paper ones and removed plastic packaging from decorations such as lights and hangings.

In addition, the supermarket is encouraging less food waste to take place by only selling edible pumpkins and is providing recipes to keep the squashes from going in the bin.

Stephen Johnson, Head of Technical at Sainsbury’s said: “As the UK’s love of the spooky holiday grows, it’s really important that we celebrate in a way that’s considerate for the planet.

“We’re committed to reducing plastic packaging across branded and our own brand products by 50% by 2025 and halving food waste across our value chain by 2030, which is why we continue to look at ways we can reduce our impact not only in our business but by helping our customers do the same.”