Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury’s drop plastic cotton buds


UK’s biggest supermarkets agree to replace plastic stems in all own-brand products

Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury’s drop plastic cotton buds

Tesco and Sainsbury’s have agreed to replace the plastic stems in their own-brand cotton buds by the end of 2017.

The two supermarkets came under pressure after a 140,000-strong petition called on them, and other retailers, to make the change.

City to Sea is the campaign group behind the #SwitchtheStick petition. It says that cotton bud stems are the largest source of plastic debris from sewers on the UK’s beaches and rivers.

The move comes shortly after Waitrose, Co-op and Johnson & Johnson announced similar changes earlier this year.

The petition is still asking Morrisons, Superdrug and Boots to remove plastic from their cotton bud products.

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Consumers are increasingly concerned about plastic pollution in the ocean. Many governments are considering a ban on the use of microbeads in cosmetics and the UK recently saw a dramatic reduction in its use of plastic carrier bags after a mandatory 5p charge was introduced.