Sustainability and health news

30 July 2021
Asda has announced plans to expand its refill range at its sustainability store in Middleton, Leeds. The expansion will see it add over 50 new product lines to its refill zone. What brands has Asda worked with? The aim of Middleton is to help shoppers reduce, recycle, and reuse packaging, while also highlighting sustainable initiatives can be provided at affordable prices. The brands Asda p...
29 July 2021
As Carrefour France acquires a minority stake in quick commerce operator Cajoo, its operations in Poland looks to reduce plastic use and it appoints a new chief executive in Brazil, we round up five developments from the retailer. Carrefour acquires stake in quick commerce company in France In its Q2 results statement Carrefour announced its acquisition of a minority stake in quick comm...
24 July 2021
Watsons, the flagship health and beauty banner of the A.S. Watson Group, is strengthening its sustainability commitment with a target to offset 2,250 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Customers can contribute by buying Watsons’ Sustainable Choice products Source: A.S. Watson Protecting the environment is a key priority of the A.S. Watson Group, and it has invested HKD 750m (US...
24 July 2021
Vietnam is experiencing its worst wave of the pandemic, with Ho Chi Minh City as the epicentre of the latest outbreak.  The lockdown has disrupted the distribution of food in the city, especially for fresh vegetables.  The supply shortage has caused prices of commodities to increase significantly, such that people are unable to purchase essential food items.   Guardian and AEON are among the reta...
20 July 2021
Carrefour has, to coincide with the first activity report from France’s National Pact on Plastic Packaging, reaffirmed its commitment to limiting the application of single-use plastic, among other initiatives. Carrefour has set itself ambitious targets for 2025 By 2025, Carrefour has targeted: Cutting single-use plastic packaging by 20,000 tonnes Having recycled material account fo...
16 July 2021
Understand four sustainable initiatives from around the region that are set to change the way retailers tackle plastic and food waste. Eroski prevents generates of 1,100 tonnes of plastic Spain-based Eroski has taken steps that mean it has not had to use more than 1,100 tonnes of single use plastic annually. The retailer claims its success in removing plastics was helped by increasing the use...
15 July 2021
Co-op has revealed its recycling solution, aimed at confronting soft plastic, which cannot be recycled through local council bin collections. Co-op reveals large scale collection scheme The Co-op announced the launch of its in-store recycling collection scheme, which is aiming to collected soft plastics, including plastic bags and other product packaging. Co-op claims the initiative is the ...
11 July 2021
Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) is working together with Reliance Retail in India to launch an in-store vending machine for its home care products.  This machine allows customers to refill any bottle with Surf Excel, Comfort and Vim, enabling lower plastic usage in the country. Customers can bring their own bottle or purchase a recyclable container from Reliance Smart Several suppliers fin...
08 July 2021
Walmart, along with H&M Group, Ingka Group (IKEA), and Kingfisher plc, are launching a new climate change initiative to accelerate movement in the retail industry. More for retail to do The ‘Race to Zero Breakthroughs: Retail Campaign’ initiative has been developed to encourage other retailers to set out their plans to achieve 1.5 degree aligned carbon reduction targets. In partnership with...
23 June 2021
Explore how Spanish retailers, including Consum, Unide, SPAR and Lidl, have performed in 2020, during the global pandemic. Consum’s sales grew 13.3% in 2020 Consum ended 2020 with total sales reaching €3,324.9m, an increase of 13.3% on 2019. The cooperative said its online store is not yet profitable, but by the end of the year accounted for 1.5% of its total turnover. Juan Luis Durich, ...