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27 January, 2020


“Bring reusable containers to counters” says Booths


Food and drink retailer Booths is joining competitors like Waitrose in finding ways to reduce the amount of single-use plastic being used within its business.

The family-owned grocery chain has recently launched an initiative encouraging customers to bring their own reusable containers when purchasing fresh meat and fish from its in-store counters.

Booths brand and innovations manager, Matt Bruno said: “We’re constantly striving to become a more environmentally friendly retailer.

“Enabling our customers to bring their own clean, lidded containers to purchase fresh meat and fish from our counters is a natural progression towards becoming more sustainable.’’

Booths says it will continue to be proactive in phasing out single-use plastic.

It has already completely eliminated plastic cutlery from its takeaway counter products and inside Booths branded, pre-packaged food-to-go.

This move will prevent half a million pieces of plastic cutlery being used within Booths each year.


Further initiatives include:

  • Changing pre-packed options to include less plastic waste and more recyclable materials
  • Removal of plastic bottles from the Booths cafe, switching over to glass bottles and cans which are indefinitely recyclable
  • Removal of plastic straws and the introduction of paper straws
  • Removal of loose produce bags, to be replaced with compostable loose produce bags
  • Introduction of reusable cotton net bag for loose produce
  • Introduction of cardholder saving on selected loose fruit and vegetables
  • Introduction of LED lighting and CO2 fridges (which are kinder to the environment) in some stores
  • Increased use of market-style fixtures to encourage shoppers to choose loose fruit and vegetables rather than pre-packed