|March 9, 2004,
just-food.com: The average UK consumer spends
roughly one-sixth of its food budget on packaging, reveals
a new report by The Liberal Democrats.
The report, “How Green is Your Supermarket?,”
shows that UK customers together spend up to £15bn
(US$27.6bn) on food packaging every year.
The report, which is based on responses from the UK’s
nine largest supermarket chains, aims to set out best
practice and recommendations for supermarkets to improve
their environmental performance.
Also highlighted in the report was the distance traveled
by supermarket lorries which together travel the equivalent
of two return trips to the moon every day. Per year,
supermarket lorries travel 670 million miles.
The report found that there is now one supermarket
per 10,000 people in Britain, with the nine biggest
chains covering an area equivalent to 15,000 football
"The Government must take action to encourage
supermarkets to establish national standards, and reach
national targets,” said Lib Dem shadow environment
secretary Norman Baker MP.
"Supermarkets are now a major part of our communities.
With one supermarket for every 10,000 people, the big
chains have a duty to provide environmentally-friendly
alternatives, support local producers and the British
organic industry, and commit to saving energy,"
The UK’s nine largest supermarket chains are
Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Safeway,
Somerfield, the Co-op, M&S and Waitrose. Together
they account for 88% of food sales.