Tesco is Completely Ditching Single-Use Plastic Bags … for Good!

Tesco will sell'bags for life instead- at double the price

Online customers will still be able to have their groceries delivered in single-use carrier bags at the current charge of 5p per bag.

Now the commonly used carriers will be scrapped at the company's stores across the whole of the United Kingdom as of August 28.

Tesco will be getting rid of 5p bags from August 28, meaning customers" cheapest options will be a 10p "Bag for Life'. Shoppers will be able to exchange them for free when they become damaged.

Lidl replaced single use bags with 5p reusable ones in July of this year, and the Sainsbury's 5p version is reusable and recyclable.

Despite this, Tesco has sold 1.5 billion fewer plastic bags since the introduction of the bag charge in 2015.

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"The number of bags being bought by our customers has already reduced dramatically", Tesco UK boss Matt Davies said.

The sales from the new bag will be used to fund community projects across the country, the UK's biggest supermarket said today.

The move is a small step in the right direction when it comes to companies making positive environmental impacts.

Dr Sue Kinsey, senior pollution officer at the Marine Conservation Society, said: "Charging for bags has proved to significantly reduce the numbers of bags provided by retailers, clearly shown in figures across all four United Kingdom nations recently".

Tesco said online shoppers could still opt to receive deliveries in single-use bags after the end of store sales, although just over half already choose a bagless delivery. The charge was part of a government scheme to reduce litter and protect wildlife, given that plastic bags can take hundreds of years to break down.

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Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland Dr Richard Dixon said: "This is really good news with bags that usually end up in a landfill site or as litter being replaced with something you can keep on using time after time. As well as making bags for life more accessible for customers, we will be encouraging them to use and reuse bags for life as often as possible".

"Offering only bags created to be used many times is the next logical step in reducing waste, litter and pollution".

Tesco has seen an 83% reduction in bag use since Northern Ireland's levy came into force.

Like the cheaper version, sales of the new bag will fund community projects in schools, GP practices and local football clubs across the United Kingdom, the grocery chain said.

The carrier bag charge was introduced in England in 2015, and most supermarkets have introduced a charity scheme to benefit from the income raised through sales of single-use plastic carrier bags.

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