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Sat, 19 Jan 2019 12:20 GMT

Britain's Marks & Spencer is the latest food retailer to cut plastic pollution and food waste, they are starting a trial at a store in London to sell fresh fruit and vegetables without packaging or sell-by dates.

They are the latest in a wave of supermarkets and manufacturers, from Germany's Lidl to US's Whole Foods, pledging to reduce waste in response to a rising public outcry over environmental damage caused by packaging. 

Other food retailers globally are rethinking how to package, recycle and sell food in an environmentally friendly way. Here are some six social enterprises who are trying to change the way groceries are bought and sold around the world:  

La Tablée des Chefs is a Canadian based social enterprise that collects surplus food from hotels and restaurants and distributes it to charities and food banks. 

Toast Ale is a Yorkshire brewer in northern England that collects unsold loaves from bakeries and uses them to make beer.  

Wasteless is an Israeli tech firm that has developed artificial intelligence that can identify produce that is nearing its best-before date, and automatically adjusts the price to sell at a discount.

HISBE is a company based in the British seaside town of Brighton which has plastic-free aisles and refill stations and says it pays staff and suppliers fairly. 

Hong Kong's Green Price sources food near its best-before date from retailers, then sells at a discount to low-income families.  

London's Ooze Drinks buys fruit and veg that do not meet supermarkets' standards and turns them into juices.