Asda launches first Scottish refill store

Asda’s Toryglen store
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ASDA has introduced its first refill store in Scotland as part of its pledge to eliminate three billion pieces of single-use plastic by 2025.

The Toryglen store in Glasgow will have over 60 products sold loose and unpackaged within specific aisles.

Customers will be able to purchase items such as pasta, rice, tea, coffee and cereals using either their own containers or reusable containers found in store.

The supermarket said that all unpackaged products will be the same price or cheaper than their packaged equivalents.

Brands on board include Unilever, Kellogg’s, Yorkshire Tea, P&G, Taylor’s of Harrogate and Napolina.

Susan Thomas, director of commercial sustainability at Asda, said, “We have chosen Scotland as the location for our second refill store because it is an important market for Asda and a place where we regularly receive constructive feedback from our customers. This feedback is very important to us as we refine our refill offering in stores and work towards a goal of making refill and reuse part of every shopping trip.

“With COP26 coming to Glasgow, there has certainly been an increase in interest in environmental issues across the country, so to see refill land in the host city and with such engaged customers is a really important moment for us.”