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Helping everyone eat better

We believe that delicious, great quality food that is better for you and the planet should be accessible to all.

Food and the environment

From field to plate we are working with our farmers and suppliers to have a positive impact on the environment. Farmers are driving innovation to support the building of healthy soils, protect water and boost biodiversity, whilst producing nutritious food sustainably.

Meet our farmers

This series of short farmer videos are mini case studies illustrating how farmers are producing food for Sainsbury’s sustainably.

Learn more about how our farmers are making their practices more sustainable.

Meet our farmers

Helping everyone eat better. One plate at a time.

Today, the way our customers shop and eat has benefits for their health and the environment.

We want to support our customers to reduce carbon emissions and food waste, helping them recycle more, use less plastic, and guide them to make healthier, more sustainable choices.

Helping our customers to eat better

Our Plan for Better

Plan for Better is our sustainability programme that helps us ensure we source healthy and sustainable food.

We work with our farmers and suppliers on sustainable farming and certification, and other associated issues such as water use and deforestation.

Read more about our Plan for Better

Did you know?

Reducing plastics

We are working with Prevented Ocean Plastic to turn plastic collected from the coast into packaging for our strawberry and fresh fish ranges – removing over 297 tonnes of plastic that would have otherwise ended up in the sea. Find out more.


We introduced fully electric refrigerated trailers to help reduce environmental impact. Find out more.

Clothes donations

We repurpose on average 5,000 tonnes of clothes each year through our donation banks in car parks. Find out more.


Since 2013, we have sent zero waste to landfill and are constantly finding new ways to make it easier for our customers and colleagues to recycle. Find out more about what we’re doing.

RSPCA Assured

We want farm animals to have better lives – which is why we’re the UK’s biggest seller of RSPCA Assured products. Find out more.

Flexi plastics

We’re rolling out our flexible plastic recycling scheme in all our supermarkets so that customers can bring back soft plastics like crisp packets, cling film and salad bags which cant currently be recycled at home. Find out more.

Sustainable fish

We are proud to be the number 1 retailer of MSC certified products and have recently been awarded the MSC UK Marketing Champion of the Year. Find out more about our sustainable fish practices.

Carbon footprint

We have reduced our operational carbon footprint by 47 per cent over the past 17 years.


99.3% of the palm oil we source is certified sustainable so it doesn’t cause deforestation. Find out more.

What is ‘circularity’?

Circularity means thinking about how you can reuse items and eliminate waste. For example, why not mend, upcycle, resell or donate old clothes rather than throw them away? Find out more.

Top Tips

Following a successful trial in the North East of England, we have rolled out an innovative new recycling system to a total of 520 supermarkets allowing customers to recycle all flexible plastic packaging which is not commonly accepted for kerbside collection by local authorities. Find out more here.

Avoid food waste at home by using our handy leftovers recipes.

Discover more

Learn more about our many sustainability initiatives to help everyone eat better.