Spook-tacular reductions in plastic from Sainsbury’s this Halloween

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Halloween doesn’t have to be scary for the planet this year, as Sainsbury’s is encouraging customers to get the party started with a range of products containing less plastic than ever before.

Sainsbury’s has significantly reduced the amount of plastic used across its range of decorative Halloween items by eliminating plastic lamination from its paper plates and bowls range. The retailer has also redesigned its trick or treat buckets to be made using paper instead of plastic and has swapped plastic packaging out of some popular items including spooky wreaths, signs and lights.

The move means Sainsbury’s is eliminating over 15 tonnes of plastic from circulation.

In addition to this, Sainsbury’s – which is Principal Supermarket Partner at COP26 next month – is encouraging customers to squash food waste by only selling edible pumpkins. To help reduce food waste,  the retailer is asking  customers to make the most of the usually discarded pumpkin seeds and flesh from carving their pumpkins,  with a range of easy and delicious recipes.

Stephen Johnson, head of technical and Ethical 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.”

The move is the latest in a string of initiatives from Sainsbury’s to help the planet by reducing plastic and food waste. Earlier this year, the retailer announced 520 of its stores now offer recycling for typically hard-to-recycle flexible plastics, including crisp packets and salad pouches – items not easily recycled by local authorities.

Since 2013, the retailer has sent zero waste to landfill and currently partners with over 2,250 partners across the UK to donate surplus food.

List of products with reduced plastic

Printed Card Bucket Assortment
DELUXE PUMPKIN SCOOP
Cobweb Decoration – White
LED Tea Lights
Skeleton paper crackers
Cobweb Decoration – Black
Ghost Felt Bucket
Trick or Treat Window Gel Cling Asst
Paper Plates – Pumpkin 8pk
PUMPKIN CARVING
Neon Eeek!
Cobweb Decoration – Orange
Spider Felt Bucket
SMALL PUMPKIN/ CAT PLUSH TREAT BUCKET
LIGHT UP KIDS WITCH HEAD BAND
PK12: Halloween White Spiderweb Pack
Small Decorative Velvet Pumpkins – 3 Pack
Pumpkin Deluxe Kit
Bamboo Pulp Skull Plate – 8pcs
Trick or Treat Hanging Sign
Neon Spider
Light Up Bottles Assortment
Paper Bowls – Pumpkin-8pk
Neon Bat
CHARACTER SNAP BANDS
BLACK WITCH WIG
Rainbow Clown Wig
WOMEN’S SINISTER SPIRIT WIG
MEDIUM PLUSH CAT
BLOW MOLD THUMB UP SIGN HAND GESTURE
ANIMATED PLUSH – SPINNING GHOST
Indoor Projector Light
Halloween Black Light up Tree
ANIMATED PLUSH – DANCING MUMMY
Halloween at’ Outdoor Welcome Sign
Mens Blonde Mullet Wig
SMALL NOVELTY PLUSH PUMPKIN SQUEEZER
OPAL DIVA WIG
BLACK & WHITE WIG
Black Bat Light Up Wreath
GID WALL SKULL & Hands