Sainsbury’s commits to cutting plastic

While people are urged to buy locally-produced items where possible, if we are honest we all use supermarkets, too. So, it is important that they take the plastic issue seriously.

Now, Sainsbury’s has committed to cutting a further 1,284 tonnes of plastic this year. This includes removing 489 tonnes’ worth of plastic bags, which are currently used for loose fruit, vegetables and bakery items. Bude only has a small Sainsbury’s but as a competitor says ‘every little helps’.

By September, paper bags will be available to Sainsbury’s customers for loose bakery items (Lidl already has these). Customers buying loose fruit and vegetables will either be able to bring their own bags or buy a reusable bag made from recycled materials.

The supermarket will also remove plastic cutlery from stores as well as:

  • plastic trays for asparagus and sweetcorn (144 tonnes)
  • plastic lids from cream pots (114 tonnes)
  • plastic trays for tomatoes (102 tonnes)
  • plastic trays for carrots (38 tonnes)
  • plastic sleeves from herb pots (18 tonnes

The company has also committed to replace:

  • black plastic trays with recyclable alternatives (6000 tonnes)
  • plastic film on fruit and vegetables with a recyclable alternative (2518 tonnes)
  • PVC and polystyrene trays with recyclable alternatives (1213 tonnes)
  • plastic trays for eggs with a fibre alternative (341 tonnes)
  • plastic cutlery for takeaway food with wooden alternatives (38 tonnes)


Sainsbury’s CEO Mike Coupe said: “We are absolutely committed to reducing unnecessary plastic packaging in Sainsbury’s stores. Our customers expect us to be leading the way on major issues like this, so I am determined to remove and replace plastic packaging where we can and offer alternatives to plastic where packaging is still required to protect a product.”


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