Tesco will no longer be using carrier bags to deliver groceries from its online business, cutting out nearly 2,000 tonnes of plastic out of production annually.
Tesco delivery drivers will now take groceries out of the reusable trays and into customers’ kitchens. This initiative will mean that 250 million fewer carrier bags will be delivered to customers’ homes each year.
The decision to roll out carrier bag-free deliveries follows 28 weeks of successful trials involving 33 stores.
“We’re looking for ways to reduce the amount of plastic we use. We know it’s an important issue for customers, colleagues and our business and we know we have to do more,” said Tesco quality director, Sarah Bradbury.
“Removing carrier bags from our online shopping is one of the many ways we are making changes to help customers reduce their use of plastic. Right now, we’re reviewing all our packaging, including plastic, looking to remove where possible. Where it’s not right to remove we will reduce, help customers reuse and ensure all packaging can be recycled. Our scale means a simple, straightforward change can have such a big impact.”