Sustainable consumption

"The key to success is to turn green consumption into a mass movement."
- Tony Keohane, CEO Tesco Ireland

At Tesco Ireland, our customers want to know where their food comes from and how it is sourced. They want products that don’t damage the environment and have a positive impact on society. The rapid growth in Fairtrade and organic products reflects these demands

Tesco Ireland aims to ensure that the products we sell are produced as sustainably as possible.

Making green living affordable

Tesco Ireland is making green choices easier and more affordable for our customers.

We are making a conscious effort to increase the number of green products in our stores. These include:

  • Energy-saving light bulbs
  • Our ‘Naturally’ range of cleaning products. These have been developed to have a lower impact on the environment and include everything from washing-up liquid to fabric conditioners
  • Recycled products such as kitchen towels and toilet rolls
  • The BNatural skin care products from our health and beauty range

We also reward the “green” choices our customers make. We use Green Clubcard points to promote selected recycled, energy saving and environmentally friendly products.

Green labelling

We are developing labels for Tesco own-brand packaging to tell you if what you’ve bought can be recycled, re-used or put in the compost bin.

Sustainable Consumption Institute

We are working towards a greener and safer future by making sure the products we sell are as sustainable as possible. The Tesco Group is investing £25 million in the Sustainable Consumption Institute in Manchester, reflecting our commitment to a greener future.

The Institute will promote fresh thinking and will explore new areas of research such as:

  • Motivating consumers towards greener lifestyles
  • Carbon labelling
  • Managing the rising cost of carbon
  • Investing in new sustainable technologies
  • Pioneering new approaches to waste, recycling and packaging

The Institute will research new ways to help everyone cut their carbon footprint. Tesco Ireland and our customers will benefit from the Institute’s research.


At Tesco Ireland we aim to develop worthwhile partnerships with governmental bodies and NGOs concerned with tackling climate change. We participate in IBEC’s Environmental Policy Committee and Sustainable Enterprise Group, and we also work closely with Sustainable Energy Ireland.

Sustainable packaging

We are always looking for ways to minimise product packaging, and we have set ourselves a target of reducing packaging on our own label brand products by 25% by 2010.

Our reusable plastic crates – known as Green Trays – were introduced into our distribution chain as an environmentally-friendly method of delivering products to our stores. The hard-wearing plastic crates, which last an average of 10 years, take the place of secondary cardboard and plastic packaging in distribution.

At any given time, we have 1.5 million Green Trays carrying produce between our suppliers, depots and stores. These trays have already eliminated over 36 tonnes of waste secondary packaging from Tesco Ireland’s operations – the equivalent of 12 million cardboard boxes a year.

We are introducing sustainable packaging by increasing the recycled content of our packaging to minimise its environmental impact.

This strategy includes concepts such as compostable packaging on organic fresh products, which is currently available on our organic mushroom products.

Environmental awards

Tesco Ireland's environmental achievements have been recognised with a number of awards including:

  • Best Example of Energy Management in a company with more than 50 employees
    this was presented at the EnviroCom Awards 2007, organised by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Chamber of Commerce
  • Repak Excellence Award
    received for our efforts to become the first Irish retailer to reach 100% recycling of packaging and store waste by 2010
  • National Energy Awards 2007
    we were commended in the Energy Manager of the Year category and for our Energy Awareness Campaign at the Sustainable Energy Ireland National Energy Awards

Tesco receiving the Repak Excellence Award in 2007

Tesco receiving the Repak Excellence Award in 2007

Green energy

Green Energy

Compostable Mushrooms

Compostable Mushrooms