Tesco is trialling new fully-recyclable mushroom punnets that it says will cut food waste and extend shelf life.
Made from pulp, the new punnets counter the problem of condensation in plastic mushroom punnets, Tesco said, which can lead to produce deteriorating in quality.
“Our customers were influential in helping us make this change. They told us that our current plastic punnets sometimes put them off buying mushrooms,” said Tesco mushroom buyer, James Cantoni.
The punnets have “a more natural look and feel”, he continued, which addresses customer concerns about the plastic punnets.
“The punnets are made from fully recyclable material and allows for moisture to be absorbed, whilst still maintaining integrity. In a standard plastic punnet, moisture cannot be absorbed and sits in the bottom of the container.
“This exposure can lead to increased deterioration of the mushrooms by becoming discoloured and soft. These new punnets will prevent that.”