Sainsbury’s launches refillable handwash pouches helping customers reduce plastic waste at home

Today, Sainsbury’s has announced the launch of its own-brand 1L refillable handwash pouches. The 1L pouches use 85% less plastic and will help customers to reduce the amount of plastic waste in their homes by simply reusing their handwash bottle and pump and refilling from a Sainsbury’s handwash pouch. 

The new refillable pouches are now available in supermarkets across the UK and online. The pouches are estimated to save a total of 28 tonnes of plastic every year and are 35% lower in cost compared to the equivalent bottles, meaning customers can expect a high-quality product which is also great value. 

To recycle the pouches, customers can simply bring them to one of Sainsbury’s front-of-store flexible plastics recycling points (available in all Sainsbury’s UK supermarkets). 

The innovative move follows a series of plastic reductions as part of the retailer’s ongoing commitment to halve its own brand plastic packaging by 2025. Sainsbury’s recently moved its 5 pack of Fairtrade bananas from a plastic bag to a paper band, removing 25 million single-use plastic bags. From July, the retailer will also be switching its double strength squash bottles to quadruple strength squash bottles, saving 177 tonnes of plastic.