The UK supermarket chain Waitrose & Partners is trialling refill stations for dry groceries such as pasta and rice, and also beer, wine, eco detergent and washing up liquid. Customers can choose from a range of 48 products to fill up their own containers. The supermarket also offers a “borrow-a-box” scheme for a £5 deposit for those who don’t bring their own. Furthermore, plastic packaging has been removed from 160 products across the vegetable and fruit range. To encourage the choice of unpackaged products, the refill items will be up to 15% cheaper than the packaged items. The test will run for 11 weeks in Oxford and will be extended to the rest of the UK if deemed successful.
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