The Week That Was: FMCG & Retail – 07/06/19

7th June 2019

BYOC: Waitrose trials its own ‘refill station’

Waitrose is on a mission to reduce plastic packaging and has started a trial in its Oxford store that urges customers to bring their own refillable containers for products such as rice, pasta, and frozen fruit. Wine and beer, as well as selected cleaning products, will also be available for refill. Fingers crossed we see this activation rolled out across the country!

Amazon sponsors highstreet pop-ups

Amazon is sponsoring ten pop-up shops across Britain over the next year to give a hundred small online-only brands a physical presence, in an attempt to improve its image on the high street. The online shopping giant, along with Direct Line for Business, the insurance provider, and Square, the mobile payments company, is funding Enterprise Nation, a support service for small businesses, to run the logistics behind the project.

We’re ingesting at least 50,000 particles of plastic a year

A new study has found that the average person eats at least 50,000 particles of microplastic a year and breathes in a similar quantity. The health impacts of ingesting microplastic are unknown, but they could release toxic substances and some pieces are small enough to penetrate human tissues, where they could trigger immune reactions.

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