Asda is set to follow in the footsteps of other UK supermarkets and issue a ban in every one of its stores across the UK.
The latest change means the supermarket giant will no longer offer free plastic bags for customers to put their loose fruit and vegetables in, something that Tesco, Aldi and Sainsbury’s have already brought in.
While the bags will still be available, Asda will now charge its customers for using one, or to avoid the 30p cost they are encouraged to bring their own.
The alternative paid-for bags will be reusable and made from recycled plastic bottles, reports Manchester Evening News.
The fresh environmentally friendly move comes after successful trials in nine of its stores last year. Now the change will come to all 630 shops nationwide.
Asda director of produce Dominic Edwards said that customers have been “really positive” when giving feedback about the new change.
He said that Asda is continuing to work towards its plastic reduction targets.
Asda also previously pledged to remove all plastic punnets from conference pears, which will save an additional 170 tonnes of plastic every year.
Mr Edwards said: “We know that our customers and colleagues are really passionate about doing the right thing for the environment and this move is just another way we are helping them make sustainable choices, without compromising on the quality of our produce.
“Following some really positive feedback on our trial, we’re excited to roll out the removal of the plastic bags across all our stores, as we continue to work towards our plastic reduction targets as a business.”
Rival store Sainsbury’s removed free plastic bags for fruit and veg in stores and replaced them with 30p versions last year, reports the Mirror.
Tesco has also axed plastic bags for online shopping deliveries – it now uses green crates instead.
And in an update last year, Morrisons said it is replacing all plastic bags for life with paper ones that cost 30p.
You can find the latest lockdown lifting rules at Tesco, Lidl, Aldi and Sainsbury’s, here.