POST Online Media Lite Edition


Sainsbury's scraps plastic bags for loose fruit and vegetables

Christian Fernsby |
Sainsbury’s has become the first UK supermarket to remove plastic bags for loose fruit, vegetables and bakery items from all stores.

Article continues below

Shops will instead be offered paper and re-usable bags made from recycled materials.

It is estimated the move will cut a further 1,284 tonnes of plastic this year including removing 489 tonnes’ worth of plastic bags, which are currently found in the fruit and veg and bakery aisle.

By September, paper bags will be available to customers for loose bakery items and customers buying loose fruit and vegetables will either be able to bring their own bags or buy a re-usable bag made from recycled materials.

The supermarket has previously implemented measures that are already leading to a reduction of 8,101 tonnes of non-recyclable plastic and 'virgin plastic' every year.

The latest efforts brings this total to more than 10,000 tonnes.

Sainsbury’s will also remove plastic cutlery from stores as well as:

plastic trays for asparagus and sweetcorn (144 tonnes)
plastic lids from cream pots (114 tonnes)
plastic trays for tomatoes (102 tonnes)
plastic trays for carrots (38 tonnes)
plastic sleeves from herb pots (18 tonnes).

What to read next

Governor Cuomo signs legislation banning single-use plastic bags in New York
Chile first LatAm country to ban plastic bags
New Zealand to phase out plastic shopping bags