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    • MSE Naomi
    • By MSE Naomi 4th Jun 19, 3:45 PM
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    Waitrose trials packaging-free groceries - MSE News
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    • 4th Jun 19, 3:45 PM
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    Waitrose trials packaging-free groceries - MSE News 4th Jun 19 at 3:45 PM
    Waitrose has started a trial aimed at cutting down on packaging waste by allowing shoppers to bring their own containers - and the packaging-free produce is up to 15% cheaper in some cases...
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    'Waitrose trials packaging-free groceries'

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    • POPPYOSCAR
    • By POPPYOSCAR 4th Jun 19, 3:52 PM
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    • 4th Jun 19, 3:52 PM
    It is a great idea.

    However,

    With so much emphasis on food safety how is this going to work with people using their own containers?

    Will they be blaming the supermarket if they get ill?
    • A. Badger
    • By A. Badger 4th Jun 19, 6:35 PM
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    • 4th Jun 19, 6:35 PM
    And in other news: 'Waitrose bids to boost image following collapse of loyalty scheme'

    Even with 15% off, I still think Aldi has them beat - and you don't need to bring your own bucket to shop at Aldi.
    • richardw
    • By richardw 4th Jun 19, 9:22 PM
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    • 4th Jun 19, 9:22 PM
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    • 4th Jun 19, 9:22 PM
    This is where the problem is https://www.waitrose.com/ecom/products/waitrose-1-perfectly-ripe-avocados/019292-9331-9332
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    • tastyhog
    • By tastyhog 4th Jun 19, 11:28 PM
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    • 4th Jun 19, 11:28 PM
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    It's not really packaging free is it, all you're doing is pushing the problem further up the chain.

    It takes roughly the same amount of plastic to package things in 10kg bags as it does to package in 10 1kg bags.
    • Stompa
    • By Stompa 5th Jun 19, 10:11 AM
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    • 5th Jun 19, 10:11 AM
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    • 5th Jun 19, 10:11 AM
    FWIW: https://www.thegrocer.co.uk/waste-not-want-not/new-avocado-packaging-seeks-to-extend-fruits-shelf-life/563148.article
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    • greyteam1959
    • By greyteam1959 5th Jun 19, 3:30 PM
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    • 5th Jun 19, 3:30 PM
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    • 5th Jun 19, 3:30 PM
    Yucky idea..........
    Just think of all the people sneezing, picking their noses & perhaps not washing their hands after using the toilet.
    Oh & maybe they have just picked up their little doggies poo before raking about in these food hoppers.
    A step 30 years back to the cheapo 'buy it from the open bin' shops.
    • glider3560
    • By glider3560 5th Jun 19, 7:38 PM
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    Things will be less fresh and will last for less time once you get them home.

    There's a reason things come in sealed plastic with a oxygen-free atmosphere: to stop bacteria and mould growing.

    If stuff gets removed from the packaging in the store, you're committing to using the thing soon after getting it home, rather than buying stuff in advance to use when needed. That seems a step backward and will probably increase food waste, unless you only buy small amounts when needed and therefore have to visit the shop more often.

    • maman
    • By maman 6th Jun 19, 12:05 AM
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    • 6th Jun 19, 12:05 AM
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    • 6th Jun 19, 12:05 AM
    I think one main difference was that back in the day, when lots of things were sold loose, we had shop counters and shopkeepers that served the produce. Now it's a DIY free for all fraught with pitfalls.
    • kimplus8
    • By kimplus8 6th Jun 19, 12:08 AM
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    If lots of people used this though and didn’t rely on the smaller plastic packed good, the turnover would be highly enough that the food would be lovely and fresh still and not spoil any faster than of Pre packaged.
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    • glider3560
    • By glider3560 6th Jun 19, 6:28 AM
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    If lots of people used this though and didnít rely on the smaller plastic packed good, the turnover would be highly enough that the food would be lovely and fresh still and not spoil any faster than of Pre packaged.
    Originally posted by kimplus8
    It depends how quickly you plan on using it after getting it home.

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    Just want scoop shops back. I live alone and sometimes I want to do a recipe with something I don't have and supermarkets only do in largeish packets, I don't bother buying as I know the product will go off.
    • TheBanker
    • By TheBanker 11th Jun 19, 6:20 AM
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    There is a lot Waitrose could do without needing to redesign the stores. For example, I bought a scotch egg from the deli counter and it came wrapped in a sheet of plastic film, and placed in a plastic bag. Morrisons would have used a paper bag.

    I do welcome the ability to buy Ecover refills from Waitrose though. Nowhere near me stocks them.
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