Asda has announced that it will stop offering single-use plastic carrier bags with online grocery orders.
This move makes Asda one of the first supermarkets to eliminate plastic bags from all of its operations, having removed them from stores last year. It supports the company’s commitment to removing around 85 million plastic bags from production annually.
After a trial period in South West England, the company will eliminate the option for customers to have a bagged delivery on all grocery home shopping and collect-in-store orders across the country from 31 July. This move is expected to save more than 500t of plastic.
However, the supermarket chain will continue to offer fresh meat or fish items in a small plastic flow bag for health and safety reasons.
Asda online grocery vice president Simon Gregg 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.”
Asda will deliver online orders in crates, which will be unloaded by the company’s delivery drivers or customers themselves.
In March this year, the UK supermarket chain achieved a new milestone by removing 6,500t of plastic from its own-brand packaging.
The company’s George brand also announced its commitment to sell products made from recycled plastic bottles and clothing during the same month.