Sainsbury’s has pledged to scrap plastic bags for key items and is due to become the first UK supermarket to phase out plastic bags for fresh fruit and vegetables as well as bakery items in all its stores.
1,284 tonnes of plastic to be removed
By September, customers will be able to use paper bags for loose bakery products whilst they can either bring their own bag or purchase a re-usable bag that’s made of recycled materials for their fruit and veg shopping. On top of that, plastic trays for several key vegetables and fruits, as well as plastic lids from cream pots and plastic sleeves from herb pots will be removed. Also, black plastic trays will be replaced with recyclable alternatives by the end of the year, while black ready-meal trays will be replaced within the next couple of months.
Recently, the retailer has announced its intention to stop the use of dark coloured plastics across fresh foods by March 2020.
“We are absolutely committed to reducing unnecessary plastic packaging in Sainsbury’s stores. Our customers expect us to be leading the way on major issues like this, so I am determined to remove and replace plastic packaging where we can and offer alternatives to plastic where packaging is still required to protect a product,” said Mike Coupe, Sainsbury’s chief executive.
Several retailers have stepped up the number of initiatives that are aimed to reduce their plastic use, the latest of which is Waitrose which has launched a trial at its Oxford store which introduced a refillable zone.
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