Two Sainsbury’s stores in the UK are now allowing customers to bring their own containers for loose fruit and vegetables or purchase a reusable bag made from 100 percent recyclable materials for 30p. The trial will see plastic produce bags removed in a bid to help the company reach its commitment to removing the bags from the stores entirely by September. “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,” said Judith Batchelar, Director of Sainsbury’s Brand. “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 most recently launched water 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 three litres and drinks cans bought from Sainsbury’s in exchange for 5p coupons towards their shop.
Sainsbury’s is also working alongside government and other businesses to support research and innovation in packaging and find long term, sustainable alternatives to plastic.