Tesco has announced they will no longer provide single-use plastic bags, as they look to further help the environment.
This comes not long after the introduction of the ‘plastic bag tax’ which saw an introduction of a 5p charge for ever plastic bag required when shopping.
The legislation, that was introduced in 2015, has contributed to 1.5 billion less plastic bags being used in Tesco stores.
The supermarket will now stop the sale of 5p plastic bags from the 28th August and instead offer a 10p bag for life.
The bag for life is made from 94% recycled materials and is significantly more durable than its plastic counterpart. The bags will be replaced for free when they wear out and all money made from the bags will go towards community projects across the country.
Matt Davies, Tesco Chief Executive for the UK and Ireland, said: “The number of bags being bought by our customers has already reduced dramatically.
“Today’s move will help our customers use even fewer bags but ensure that those sold in our stores continue to fund thousands of community projects across the country chosen by customers.
“It’s the right thing to do for the environment and for local communities.”
Louise Edge, senior campaigner at Greenpeace UK, said: “It is great to see major retailers moving away from disposable plastic. For too long we’ve seen plastic as something to be used once and thrown away. But there is no such place as ‘away’ – and millions of tonnes of plastic are ending up in our rivers, beaches, streets and in the sea every year, harming marine life.
“The plastic bag charge has done wonders for reducing the number of bags polluting our coastlines and waters. Now we need to see the same for throwaway plastic bottles – a deposit return scheme which encourages collection.”
Cafe owner Alex O’Brien said: “I do want people to think about it, because we’ve had this (pay discrepancy) for decades and decades and we’re bringing it to the forefront of people’s minds.