Sainsbury’s has rolled out new cardboard hangers across its Tu Clothing baby range, replacing five million plastic hangers and saving 103 tonnes of plastic from being used.
The swap – a UK supermarket first – follows a successful trial and will be available in over 400 stores.
The change has been made on Tu Clothing babywear items that were previously on a plastic hanger and allows customers to recycle the cardboard hangers at home, in turn helping them to reduce their environmental impact too.
To encourage a circular economy for packaging, Sainsbury’s offers an in-store recycling service for Tu Clothing plastic hangers. When checking out in-store, customers and colleagues can leave behind their plastic hangers, which will then be returned for recycling.
Between January and July this year, Sainsbury’s returned 12 million hangers from checkouts, equivalent to 85 tonnes of plastic.
Sainsbury’s has made a series of changes to its packaging in recent months, including being the first UK retailer to switch its laundry detergent packaging from plastic to cardboard.
In May, Sainsbury’s also removed single-use plastic trays from its by Sainsbury’s whole chicken range. The plastic savings from these two changes alone combine to result in a saving of around 162 tonnes of plastic each year.