The weekly #goodnewssiren round-up #67

September 17, 2021

From new sustainable practices launched by leading supermarkets to the rise in green jobs, here’s what is making us smile in the world of sustainability at Siren this week... 


Tesco launches returnable packaging system for selected product ranges 


Tesco has unveiled a new partnership with refillable brand Loop to enable teabags, beverages, cleaning products and other items to be purchased in reusable and returnable packaging in a 10-store trial across the UK. 


The new reusable range of 88 products includes household brands such as Persil, Fever-Tree, Carex, Tetley Tea and BrewDog, as well as 35 own brand essentials, such as pasta, rice, oil and sugar, with even more products set to be added to the range throughout the year. 


Tesco claims that if customers across the 10 stores were to switch ketchup, cola and washing up liquid bottles to the reusable Heinz Tomato Ketchup, Coca Cola and Ecover alternatives, the packaging used could be re-used more than two and a half million times a year. 


 Interest in green jobs continues to rise across the UK


From running huge wind farms out at sea to making new devices to heat our homes, the UK is seeing a rise in interest in so-called ‘green jobs’. 


Green jobs directly contribute to tackling climate change, with the UK government set to create more of them as interest continues to grow – developing from 410,000 to two million of these jobs by 2030, as part of its plans for an economy with zero fossil fuel emissions. 


Morrisons to launch six zero waste stores in Scotland 


Retailer, Morrisons has confirmed plans to trial six zero waste stores in Edinburgh, which could be replicated nationwide if successful. 


Shop waste such as soft and hard plastics, cardboard, food waste, green waste, and PPE, plus tins, cans and foils will be sorted by warehouse workers and collected by recycling specialists, while customer waste can be collected at instore hubs. These items include hard-to-recycle soft plastics like confectionery wrappers and pet food pouches, hard plastics such as yoghurt tubs, mixed materials like crisp tubes and coffee pods. 


If successful, the store format will be rolled out nationwide across all of Morrisons 498 stores over the next year, forming part of a long-term pledge from Morrisons to recycle all the waste it creates across all its stores by 2025.  


The UK is about to get its first cargo bike-sharing scheme 


If you’re a resident in Hackney, London, you will now be able to rent the bikes to do the shopping and move furniture! 


Hackney’s cycles will be capable of carrying cargo weighing 80kg – roughly equivalent to the weekly shop and two dogs. Residents will be encouraged to use them to transport items that would typically be hauled by a van, such as small pieces of furniture, as well as groceries.  


Research suggests that 66 per cent of journeys that take place in the UK are under five miles, with more than half of those completed by car or van. According to Beryl – the bike share provider delivering Hackney’s scheme – e-cargo bikes offer a climate-friendly alternative for such trips.