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Zero waste is hotter to 2018 than the names of the many Kardashian newborns.
And today, a supermarket has announced that it will become the first in the world to have a zero waste aisle.
The Amsterdam-located branch of Ekoplaza unveiled a whole aisle that’s totally waste-free and offers over 700 different items including snacks, groceries and more.
The Dutch chain, which has over 74 stores across the Netherlands, says the aisle is the first of many as it plans to expand it’s zero waste initiative across the rest of its branches as soon as possible.
Sian Sutherland, co-founder of the environmental campaign group A Plastic Planet, told CNN the move is: “a symbol of what the future of food retailing will be” and has her fingers crossed that it will inspire other supermarkets to do the same.
“We totally understand what we’re asking for is highly inconvenient — it’s difficult,” she says. “However, it’s indefensible for us to continue to wrap up our perishable food and drink in this indestructible material of plastic. So everybody knows now that progress has to be made.”
The A Plastic Planet group is pushing for a plastic-free aisle in every supermarket. This comes as prime minister Theresa May calls for supermarkets to take more responsibility for their waste and recognise a need for change.
As of yet, despite campaigning and the PM’s calls, no British supermarkets have committed to setting up zero waste aisles.
Read: ‘I tried living zero waste for a month: here’s what happened’
It’s no secret that the amount of waste in the U.K. has hit crisis point—and a large portion of it comes from supermarkets.
Whilst most are being covert with exact statistics, Eunomia estimated that the top supermarkets are producing more than 800,000 tonnes of plastic waste every year—more than half of all annual UK household plastic waste of 1.5m tonnes.
Put into layman’s terms, that 800,000 tonnes of waste alone would fill enough large 10-yard skips to reach from London to Sydney, or stretch the entirety of Greater London 2.5cm deep.
The issue of waste worldwide is prevalent and it’s been revealed that every UK household is responsible for more than a tonne of waste each year. This equals 31 million tonnes a year, the equivalent of three and a half million double-decker buses.
And according to the same research, every year, humans are producing 3% more waste than the year before. Plastic takes at least 450 years to break down and a maximum of forever. If this continues, by 2050, there will be more plastic in the sea than fish.
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