UK retailer Asda has announced that it will stop offering single-use plastic carrier bags with its online grocery orders, effective 31 July.
The retailer will remove the option of ‘bagged’ delivery on all online grocery orders and click-and-collect orders across the nation.
Asda will remove 85 million plastic bags from its operations annually through this initiative.
'A Simple Change'
Simon Gregg, Asda’s vice-president for online grocery, 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," he added.
The decision to launch the initiative at a national level follows a successful trial run in its Dartford Home Shopping Centre in south-west England
To help customers transition through this change, Asda's delivery drivers will assist in unloading the purchases in a convenient place, the retailer said.
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