Waitrose has introduced a new range of eco packaging that which will replace traditional meat trays.

The packs, will remove 90 tonnes of plastic waste a year, and can be easily snipped open with the contents slid into the pan, reducing time in the kitchen.

The ‘flow pack’ technology is already used for foods such as bagged salads and crisps.

“Waitrose is committed to reducing waste and we have listened to our customers who wanted a practical solution to help achieve this,” said Waitrose meat buyer Andy Boulton.

“These packs are more slim-line which gives shoppers more room in their shopping bags, fridge and when stored in the freezer. And come with the added benefit of cutting waste by half but at no extra cost.”

The new packaging for minced beef and diced beef will be available in Waitrose by October 2010.

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