ASDA has opened "the largest refill zone in a UK supermarket" to York.

The sustainable shopping experience can be found at the Monk’s Cross branch - stocking over 100 branded and own-brand products without the need for plastic packaging.

The loose and unpackaged range includes branded favourites - like Yorkshire Tea, Kellogg’s cereals and Napolina Pasta - as well as an extensive range of Asda-brand cereals rise and pasta.

It is all sold at the same price or cheaper than packaged equivalents, Asda said.

Customers visiting the store can use their own containers to buy unpackaged products such as pasta, rice, tea, coffee and cereals - or alternatively buy a reusable container in store.

The refill zone in York is part of the supermarket’s strategy to remove 3 billion pieces of single use plastic from its business by 2025.

York Press: How the cereal refill section looks. Photos provided by Asda.How the cereal refill section looks. Photos provided by Asda.

The refill products available in store include:

  • Fifteen varieties of cereals including Kellogg’s Coco Pops, Cornflakes, Frosties, Crunchy Nut, as well as Asda own brand and Quaker Oats.
  • Original, Gold, Decaf and loose leaf Yorkshire Tea as well as Taylors of Harrogate Espresso, Lazy Sunday, Rich Italian, Hot Lava Java, Decaf coffee beans.
  • Twelve different types of pasta such as Asda own brand fusilli and penne as well as Napolina macaroni, rigatoni, green pea fusilli and red lentil penne.
  • You can buy Asda own brand and Tilda rice.

York Press: This is the 'largest refill zone in a UK supermarket', according to Asda.This is the 'largest refill zone in a UK supermarket', according to Asda.

  • Dry Mars pet food for cats and dogs including Dreamies, Whiskas, Pedigree Mixer and Chappie.
  • A huge variety of baking and snacking lines including nuts, sugar and for the first time, Dr Oetker sprinkles and chocolate drops.
  • Proctor & Gamble’s Aussie, Pantene, Head & Shoulders and Herbal Essences in a refill bay.
  • Three Unilever bays – one health and beauty which includes Radox shower gel, Alberto Balsam and Simple hand wash prefills, Persil laundry prefill as well as CIF eco refill at home.

York Press: Eco refills for everyday household products.Eco refills for everyday household products.

  • More refill at home products through Ocean Saver which includes wide variety of household cleaning for the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Soda Stream feature bay with 10 flavours as well as a Brita water feature bay.

The York refill store is the third of its kind opened by the supermarket giant.

It follows the launch of its flagship store in Leeds last October.

The use of refill in all four stores are part of the supermarket’s test and learn approach as it works with customers and looks at a number of ways to make sustainable shopping as simple and accessible as possible.

York Press: One section of the refill zone. One section of the refill zone.

Susan Thomas, director of commercial sustainability at Asda said: “Creating the largest refill zone in a UK supermarket is a real achievement and was made possible thanks to a huge cross-functional effort from Asda colleagues and our supplier partners. 

"We hope the sheer variety offered across our range of 100 branded and own-label loose products, plus bringing together several simple ways for customers to reduce, reuse or recycle at home, means every one of our shoppers can find a reason to participate in our offer and help move us towards refill being part of every shopping trip."