With sustainability and helping to preserve the environment on everyone’s conscience, supermarkets are now moving to become part of the solution rather than the problem by removing harmful materials from their stores.
Sainsbury’s have announced they are removing all single-use plastic bags for its loose fruit, vegetables, and bakery, items and replacing them with sustainable, paper bag alternatives.
It is estimated that 60% of the waste produced in the UK is made up by plastic, removing that material from daily shopping habits could have an enormous effect on helping the environment and minimising climate change.
Sainsbury’s, who contribute over 120,000 tones worth of plastic waste each year, have announced they’re removing single-use plastic bags for fruit, vegetables, and baked items, from all of its stores.
Shoppers will soon be encouraged to either bring their own bags and containers, or use the supplied recyclable paper bags to pack their shopping.
This move alone will remove 489 tones of non-recyclable plastics from stores each year, and the retailer plans more environmentally friendly moves.
Sainsbury’s will also be reducing the amount of plastic used for packaged items such as tomatoes, carrots, sweetcorn, as well as plastic sleeves on takeaway fruit pots and plastic lids for creams.
The supermarket giant is also in the process of removing all non-recyclable plastics, polystyrene, PVC and plastic cutlery from all of its stores, which it hopes to fully complete by 2020.
For more information on the Sainsburys plastic bag free initiative visit Sainsbury’s online.