UK Supermarket Becomes First To Ditch Produce Plastic

It's a major announcement in the fight against plastic.

Sainsbury's supermarket is removing plastic from loose fruit, vegetables and bakery items, a first in all of the UK.



Paper bags will now be in the supermarket that customers can use for bakery items and they will be required to bring their own bags or use buy a re-usable bag for fruits and vegetables. The announcement, according to The Telegraph, will reduce their plastic output by 489 tons. 

The new rules will even apply to the plastic trays that sit underneath asparagus, tomatoes and other vegetables. 

"We've been urging Sainsbury's to take action on plastics after it came bottom of our supermarket plastics league table last year," Ariana Densham, the ocean plastics campaigner for Greenpeace UK, told The Telegraph. "Sainsbury's has an annual plastic footprint of nearly 120,000 tonnes, so this pledge to reduce plastics by one per cent is a very small step in the right direction, but nowhere near enough."

Plastic pollution is becoming a major issue globally, with some reports estimating that there will be more pieces of plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050. As global leaders try to address the issue, pressure has mounted on corporations like Sainsbury to step up and take action. Bans on single-use plastics like straws, bags and water bottles are becoming more and more common.

"We are absolutely committed to reducing unnecessary plastic packaging in Sainsbury's stores," Sainsbury's CEO Mike Coupe told The Telegraph. "Our customers expect us to be leading the way on major issues like this, so I am determined to remove and replace plastic packaging where we can and offer alternatives to plastic where packaging is still required to protect a product."


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