Asda ditches plastic

Asda is to stop providing single-use plastic carrier bags with its online grocery orders removing 85 million plastic bags from production each year.

After a trial period in South-West England and from its Dartford Home Shopping Centre, a ‘bagged’ delivery option will no longer be available. The decision to eliminate single-use carrier bags from all its operations is the first of its type by a supermarket (Asda stopped offering single-use bags in its stores in 2018). In total Asda will now produce 375 million fewer plastic bags each year.

Simon Gregg, Asda’s vice president – online grocery, said: “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.”

To help shoppers with the change, Asda delivery drivers will offer to unload home delivery customers’ shopping for them in a place that is convenient.

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