The retailer says it is the first UK supermarket to sell Bee’s Wrap reusable food wraps, which are available in most branches. They are organic cloths treated with beeswax, tree resin and organic jojoba oil, which means they can be washed and reused for up to a year.
The wraps are complemented on shelf by greaseproof paper bags for snacks and sandwiches which are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified, chlorine-free, certified home compostable and microwave-safe.
Waitrose & Partners says the initiative is its ‘next step in bringing environmentally-friendly solutions to customers’. The grocery chain recently announced it will remove 5p plastic bags by March 2019 and plastic bags for loose fruit and veg by spring 2019. The move will save 134 million plastic bags, the equivalent of 500 tonnes of plastic a year.
Amy Glover, Waitrose & Partners’ bags and wraps buyer, said: ‘‘We know our customers care about the environment and we want to offer them sustainable food storage choices. These reusable wraps and food bags will help our customers create an environmentally-friendly lunch.’’