Sainsbury’s to become UK’s first grocer to ditch loose-veg plastic bags

Sainsbury's plastic
// Sainsbury’s will ditch loose-veg plastic bags from September
// It will be the UK’s first grocer to take this initiative

Sainsbury’s will become the UK’s first supermarket to ditch plastic bags for its loose fruit, veg and bakery products.

The Big 4 grocer will ditch its plastic bags from this September and replace them with paper bags. It will also give shoppers to option to bring their own bags to pack items.

This is Sainsbury’s latest move in fighting the war on plastic as it aims to become more sustainable as a grocer.

Sainsbury’s aims to cut over 1000 tonnes of plastic this year, and has also pledged to remove plastic cutlery from its stores, as well as plastic trays for asparagus and sweetcorn, plastic lids from cream pots, plastic trays for tomatoes, plastic trays for carrots, and plastic sleeves.

“We are absolutely committed to reducing unnecessary plastic packaging in Sainsbury’s stores,” Sainsbury’s chief executive Mike Coupe said in a statement to Plant Based News.

“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,” he said.

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  1. This initiative has been poorly executed. If Sainsbury is “trialing” reusable bags in two of their stores, why not wait until the trail is complete and have found the best solution to support their, “plastic reduction” initiative? If I was cynical, I would suggest that Sainsbury’s has removed the plastic bags from their Stores, to save on costs.

    Note. “Home Deliveries” still use plastic bags!


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