Sainsbury’s could soon sell milk and fizzy drinks in returnable glass bottles, reports The Guardian.

The UK’s second largest supermarket said the move as part of a drive to halve the amount of plastic packaging it uses over the next six years.

It currently uses nearly 120,000 tonnes of plastic packaging a year and is pledging to reduce that figure by 50% by 2025, with its own label and branded grocery products coming under scrutiny.

In 2018 the retailer reduced plastic packaging by 1%.

Sainsbury’s chief executive, Mike Coupe, said eliminating packaging was not easy because the material kept food safe and fresh but acknowledged that the company ‘urgently needed to reduce its impact on the planet’.

Sainsbury’s said the push on plastic would mean using alternative materials such as glass, lighter-weight plastics, and the introduction of 'refillable packaging at scale'.

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