Sainsbury’s have made a significant commitment to reduce plastic in their stores, and pledge to halve the amount they use by 2025.
Sainsbury’s use around 120,000 tonnes of plastic yearly and have only managed to reduce the amount used by 1% in the past year. With this in mind, they know that reducing their plastic usage by half, is a very ambitious target.
However, they have committed to achieving this lofty aim and the first step is to introduce some quick wins in their stores. That’s why they have taken first steps in their fruit and vegetable department. They have removed all plastic from their fruit and vegetable isles and are will be doing the same with their bakery section. Sainsbury’s believe this will save a combine 515 tonnes of plastic each year.
Initially, Sainsbury’s trialed plastic free vegetable packaging in their Lincoln and Kidlngton stores. With massive success rates and positive reviews from customers, they are now rolling this out across all their outlets in the UK.
When customers shop for fruit and veg, they can now choose to purchase reusable drawstring bags (at £0.30 each) or bring their own reusable bags from home.
In the bakery section, Sainsbury’s aims to replace all plastic with recycled paper bags, which have the added benefit of keeping baked good fresher for longer. Doing this alone will save 26 tonnes of plastic each year.
And this is just the beginning…
Sainsbury’s ambitious plans include removing plastic bag options from online grocery orders, plastic trays from cheese displays, and are also reaching out to the public for ideas which can be submitted online.
They will also be trialing a pre-cycling operation across 15 stores in England and Wales, allowing customers to recycle their plastic packaging before they leave the store.
Its so great to see a major retailer take very real steps to reducing plastic waste, lets hope they keep this up, and the rest of them follow!