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Bags of waste from UK supermarkets

Too many carrier bags for online deliveries


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.

Which members can read the full results in the ‘Plastic overload from online stores‘ news story. If you’re not already a member, subscribe to Which? magazine now to trial three issues for £3.

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.

Find out which online supermarket won the top spot when we compared them on a range of points – from quality and price to customer service – in our online supermarkets review.

Bag-saving options

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.

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