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Co-op follows Asda in bringing huge change to products in some UK stores

British supermarkets are doing their bit to help the environment and reduce the use of plastic. In a recent eco-friendly decision, both Co-op and Asda have will introduce refillable packaging to their stores by the end of 2021. 

This will be the first time that the refill stations will appear in Co-op stores, but they have already appeared in other supermarkets.

Asda launched its first refill station in a Leeds store last year, and it is expanding the scheme due to its popularity.

The supermarket is introducing the refillable packaging system to the same locations as Co-op, with the York store set to be its largest.

The grocer said it had plans to install 18 standalone refill bays in the shop, which will feature more than 70 branded and own-label products.

The refill stations in Asda’s York branch will open in October.

It is not yet clear however when customers can expect to see the refill stations in Co-op stores.

Both supermarkets partnered with Unilever after the organisation found that 94 percent of consumers in the UK are more likely to invest in refills, compared to buying new products in store, if they are available.

It also found that 89 percent of Britons are likely to buy a product because its packaging can be reused.

Sebastian Munden, Unilever UK and Ireland’s general manager commented on the new scheme.

He said: “To tackle plastic pollution with the speed and urgency needed, we are committed to creating scalable solutions which make it as easy as possible for people to make sustainable choices.

“We believe refills could be a gamechanger in our ambitions to halve our use of virgin plastic by 2025, however unlocking the full potential of the reuse economy would require a significant shift in how people shop.

“Using our well-known and trusted brands and working closely with retailers, we are testing different refill models on a large scale in order to continue to build our understanding of how to bring about a significant change most effectively.”

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