Bags of waste from UK supermarketsToo many carrier bags for online deliveries
29 April 2010
Supermarkets are under-packing carrier bags when they deliver online orders, according to an investigation by Which?
We ordered a shopping list of 29 items from 5 online supermarkets to see who would use the greatest number of carrier bags for the delivery.
Tesco.com most wasteful
Using 13 bags for the order, Tesco.com was the most wasteful, with Sainsburys.co.uk coming next with 10 bags. Tesco.com and Asda.co.uk both delivered 4 bags containing just 1 item.
Waitrosedeliver.com was the most sparing in its use of carriers, getting everything into 8 bags. Ocado.com and Asda.co.uk weren't far behind, using 9.
Tesco.com is the only supermarket to offer the option of a bag-free delivery when ordering online. It also rewards you with a green Clubpoint for every bag you avoid using.
If you order groceries online, ask whether you can return empty bags during the next delivery. Some supermarkets take them to in-store recycling points.
For more tips on making the most of recycling services - from electricals to food and garden waste - have a look at our essential recycling guide.