Day ban for Sainsbury's disposable carrier bagsSupermarket aims to reduce waste

19 April 2007

A supermarket chain is banning disposable carrier bags for a day in a bid to reduce waste.

Sainsbury's will instead give customers free bags made from 100 per cent recycled material which usually cost 10p each.

It says the April 27 ban will encourage shoppers to re-use the 'bags for life' in place of disposable carriers.

The chain currently dishes out around 1.6 billion free disposable carriers every year.

Reusable bags

Sainsbury's expects to give away more than seven million reusable bags on the day when disposable carriers are removed from checkouts.

The supermarket usually sells this amount of its 'bags for life' in just under two years and replaces them for free when they wear out.

Sainsbury's customer director Gwyn Burr said shoppers were getting more interested in being healthy and eco-friendly.

Take action

'We want to make it as simple as we can for our millions of customers and thousands of colleagues to take action now,' she said.

'Customers often want to do their bit, whether that's to recycle more or cut down on carrier bags, but don't often know where to start.'

In the last year Sainsbury's has seen a 25 per cent increase in customers using re-usable bags.

The chain has already launched new, orange carrier bags made from 43 per cent less raw plastic than standard carriers.

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