// Tesco will stop using plastic bags for deliveries from August 19
// Groceries will arrive in reusable green trays
// Tesco will continue to use red plastic bags to separate raw meat & fish due to government guidelines
Tesco has said it will stop using plastic carrier bags in its deliveries as the demand for sustainability grows.
The Big 4 leader has become the UK’s second major grocer to come forward and announce the initiative, after Asda revealed earlier this month that it would stop using plastic bags for deliveries from August.
From August 19, Tesco groceries will arrive in reusable green trays to take deliveries straight into customers’ kitchens.
Tesco will continue to use red plastic bags to separate raw meat and fish due to government guidelines, but customers can choose to recycle those bags by giving them back to the delivery driver.
With this initiative, Tesco said at least 250 million fewer carrier bags will be used each year, which means almost 2000 tonnes of plastic will come out of production annually.
The grocer had initially trialled scrapping plastic bags from deliveries across 33 stores for 28 weeks, which proved to be successful.
“Removing carrier bags from our online shopping is one of the many ways we are making changes to help customers reduce their use of plastic,” Tesco quality director Sarah Bradbury said.
“Right now, we’re reviewing all our packaging, including plastic, looking to remove where possible.
“Where it’s not right to remove we will reduce, help customers reuse and ensure all packaging can be recycled.
“Our scale means a simple, straightforward change can have such a big impact.”