Asda is set to become the first UK supermarket to stop providing single use plastic carrier bags with its online grocery orders.
Following a trial period in South West England and from its Dartford home shopping centre, it will remove the option on all grocery home shopping and Click & Collect orders nationwide from 31st July, resulting in a saving of over 500 tonnes of plastic. It stopped offering single use bags in its stores in 2018 and says that in total it will now produce 375 million fewer plastic bags each year.
Simon Gregg, Asda’s Vice President – Online Grocery, says: “We’re working hard to reduce avoidable plastic wherever we can – because helping to reduce its impact on the environment matters to us, and we know it matters to our customers too. This is a simple change, but will have a significant impact on the amount of plastic we use as a business.”
Shoppers will now get their goods delivered in crates, with drivers offering to unload them in a convenient place as part of the change.