Ridding retail of plastic
UK retailer Iceland is removing plastic bags from one of its stores and replacing them with paper versions. For the trial, the company’s East London shop in Hackney will offer paid-for lightweight paper carrier, jute bags, cotton bags and small paper bags for meats.
Iceland is also trialling larger paper bags, alongside plastic ‘bags for life’ in 25 stores in northwest England, while 15 Manchester shops in Manchester will be used to determine preferences for the options.
“We know that many customers are using bags for life only once and the retail industry needs to work together to challenge this behaviour and find alternative solutions,” says Iceland. “Over 1.2 billion plastic bags for life were sold last year in the UK and this needs to change drastically.”
The company last year pledged to get rid of all single-use plastic packaging from own-brand products by 2023.
Tesco has announced that it will stop providing plastic bags to customers buying groceries online starting in mid- August. Online Asda, Ocado and Sainsbury’s shoppers can opt not to have their groceries delivered in plastic bags.