Sainsbury’s removes plastic bags for fruit and veg – and launches reusable bags trial

Sainsbury’s launched a trial at its Lincoln and Kidlington superstores yesterday (Monday July 22) which removes plastic produce bags for loose fruit and veg.

Customers can bring their own containers into store – or purchase a reusable drawstring bag made from 100% recyclable materials for 30p.

This is the supermarket chain’s first step towards reaching its commitment to remove bags from stores entirely by September, cutting 1,284 tonnes of plastic this year.

Judith Batchelar, director of Sainsbury’s Brand, commented: “We’re pleased to be making a further commitment to our customers as we work with them to offer new ways to reduce unnecessary plastic. This is just one of the efforts we are making as a business and we look forward to hearing how our customers respond and adapt throughout the trial.”

The trial will run into August and follows a range of initiatives the company has launched as part of its efforts to reduce, reuse, replace and recycle more plastic.

Sainsbury’s recently launched water bottle refill stations at over 300 stores across the UK, as well as a series of Reserve Vending Recycling trials, which allow customers to return plastic bottles of any size up to 3 litres and drinks cans bought from Sainsbury’s in exchange for 5p coupons towards their shop

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