ASDA is testing whether to scrap free fruit and veg bags, meaning shoppers will need to bring their own or pay 30p for a recyclable one.
From this Monday, September 7, the supermarket will no longer provide plastic bags for fresh food purchases in nine UK stores.
Shoppers will instead either need to bring in their own containers or buy a reusable drawstring bag for 30p.
The "Veggio" bags are made from recycled plastic water bottles.
The stores included in the trial are located in Bridgend, Glasshoughton, Harrogate, Killingbeck, Middleton, Quedgeley, Swansea as well as two shops in York.
Asda said the move could save around 141tonnes of plastic a year, which equates to over 3.5million bags.
Here’s how to cut the cost of your grocery shop
SAVING on your shop can make a big difference to your wallet. Here are some tips from Hannah Maundrell, editor of Money.co.uk, about how you can cut the cost of your shopping bills:
- Write yourself a list – Only buy items that you need. If it isn’t on your list, don’t put it in the trolley
- Create a budget – Work out a weekly budget for your food shopping
- Never shop hungry – you are far more likely to buy more food if your tummy is rumbling
- Don’t buy pre-chopped veggies or fruit – The extra they’ll charge for chopping can be eye watering
- Use social media – follow your favourite retailers to find out about the latest deals
- Be disloyal – You may want to go to different stores to find the best bargains
- Check the small print – It’s always worth checking the price per kg/lb/litre when comparing offers so you’re making a like for like decision as a bigger box won’t necessarily mean you get more
- Use your loyalty cards – Don’t be afraid to sign up to them all. They all work slightly differently – work out what bonus suits you better and remember to trade in your points for additional rewards
The supermarket told The Sun the trial will run for four weeks, after which it will listen to customer feedback before considering whether to roll it out nationwide.
Asda has more than 630 stores across the UK and has pledged to reduce 15% of its plastic use by 2021.
The announcement comes after Sainsbury's last year scrapped free plastic bags for fruit and veg in stores and replaced them with 30p versions.
Last year, Tesco also axed plastic bags for online shopping deliveries and instead now delivers groceries in reusable green trays.
While Morrisons last month said it'll replace all plastic bags for life with paper ones that cost 30p.
In the ongoing war on plastic, Brits will have to pay 10p for a plastic carrier bag in all shops from April next year, ministers announced on Monday.
A 5p charge was first brought in five years ago for supermarkets, but is now being doubled and extended to smaller stores too.
Kevin Patel, director of produce at Asda, said of the trial: "This is a really exciting step in our journey as we continue to look at innovative ways we can reduce unnecessary plastic from across the business.
"We know that our customers and colleagues are really passionate about sustainability and we want to make it as easy as possible for them to do their bit for the environment, without having to compromise on quality."
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