The supermarket giant has revealed plans to scrap plastic rings from beer and cider cans sold in its stores.
It became the first retailer to make the switch and will now only sell multi-packs with cardboard sleeves, boxes or recyclable rigid plastic.
The supermarket will stop ordering products using the plastic rings. It is hoped that this move will result in the production of 50 million fewer pieces of new plastic each year.
Several large beer companies, including Heineken and Molson Coors, have already made the switch to cardboard packaging.
Animal charities often warn of the dangers of plastic rings. Plastic rings have polluted the oceans for years and put wildlife at risk.
Sarah Bradbury, Tesco Quality Manager, said: “We are working hand in hand with some of the world’s leading brands to tackle the problem of unnecessary plastic. Our mission is to remove, reduce, reuse and recycle in order to use as little material as possible and to ensure that all packaging in our stores can be easily recycled. “
Earlier this year, Tesco announced plans to collect and recycle 1,000 tonnes of flexible plastic each year.
Collection points have been deployed in 171 stores, allowing customers to return all their previously unrecycled flexible plastic, regardless of where they purchased it, including plastic wrap, pet food pouches and crispy sachets.
Once collected, the old flexible plastic is sent for recycling where it is washed, sorted and processed before being transformed into new packaging. It will be used in packaging items such as food, household and beauty products.