The supermarket giant pledges to combat the plastic problem
In an exciting move that will make Sainsbury’s the UK’s first supermarket to do so, the retailer has pledged to ditch plastic bags for all loose vegetables, fruit and bakery items.
The hope is to remove an additional 1,284 tonnes of plastic this year. This comes on top of the superstore’s current plastic-reduction measures, which are already decreasing 8,101 tonnes of non-recyclable plastic and ‘virgin plastic’ each year.
Paper and reusable bags
The new initiative will start from September this year, where after paper bags will be available to shoppers for bakery products.
For loose fruit and veg, customers will have the option to bring their own bags, or they will be able to purchase reusable bags in store, made from recycled materials.
Further to this, Sainsbury’s has promised to eliminate plastic cutlery in its nationwide stores, as well as plastic trays for tomatoes, carrots and asparagus, and plastic lids for cream pots.
‘Sainsbury’s are committed’
Following the announcement, Sainsbury’s CEO Mike Coupe said: “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.”