Sustainability remains a priority for Tesco and this applies also to the F&F clothing brand. In their latest sustainability improvement they increased the reuse of plastic reducing waste generation and saving natural resources. The improvement focused on the plastic clothes hangers used in stores.

A simple hanger return system and cooperation with the supplier have enabled Tesco to save more than
8.4 million pieces of hangers with a total weight of more than 308 tons.

This figure applies to Tesco stores in the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia.

According to Tesco’s statistics reusing hangers will save 34% of carbon emissions and 86% of water compared to alternative treatment options. These estimates cover the whole value chain, including collection and transport processes.

Moreover to the simple fact of diverting hangers from becoming waste stream there is an additional benefit as well. Clothes hangers are usually made of black plastic, which is difficult to recycle: for infrared radiation used in sorting equipment, they can be imperceptible and it is very difficult to change the color of the pigment. 

This is of course only one element in the company’s sustainability efforts. In the spring of 2019, Tesco made public commitments in Central Europe to increase the sustainability of its products. The company is committed to making all packaging of its own products 100% recyclable or reusable by 2025, and by 2050 Tesco will be a carbon neutral company.


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