Asda has announced it's making a huge change to how customers will receive their online orders this week.
From this Friday (April 30), the supermarket will start delivering shoppers’ online orders without using plastic carrier bags.
The change comes as Asda said it's making the move as “things are getting back to normal”.
The move has been made in a bid to reduce Asda's use of plastic.
Many other UK supermarkets are also attempting to reduce their plastic use as environmental issues become more important than ever.
This week, the supermarket will start delivering shoppers’ online orders without using plastic carrier bags.
Asda stopped offering plastic bags as part of its online orders back in 2019.
However they were brought back in by the retailer at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic due to hygiene reasons.
But Asda says bagless deliveries are returning as “things get back to normal”.
Shoppers also won't be able to add plastic bags for an extra 40p to their orders.
When preparing customers’ orders, Asda won't be packing most food items in plastic bags. However, it says it will continue to pack fresh produce, meat, and poultry in plastic to ensure shoppers’ safety and to maintain the quality of the produce.
Asda is asking customers to make sure that they have their own bags or boxes ready at their doorsteps or in their car boots, so that when they receive or collect their orders, they are able able to pack their groceries themselves.
However, Asda staff will be on hand to help put customers who are self-isolating or will struggle packing their own bags.
This news coms after Asda also announced another move to reduce its use of plastic.
Earlier this month, the supermarket said it will be cutting back on plastic on its chicken packaging.
It now has new packaging for chicken products that will cut back on 450 tonnes of plastic and reduce plastic packaging by up to 50% on its poultry range.
This means they'll move away from the plastic trays currently used for meat products, with environmentally friendly pouches used for poultry instead.
The brand's chicken with be in the reduced packaging by the middle of summer and will include whole birds, drumsticks, chicken legs, diced breast, and mini fillets.
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Asda Poultry Buying Manager Lisa Barratt said: “The change in poultry packaging marks the next step in our commitment to use less and recycle more, something which we are very passionate about delivering for our customers and colleagues.
“The move means customers don’t have to prioritise plastic reduction over grocery decision making, ensuring the nation can continue purchasing quality poultry at the same price.”
Asda recently hit headlines when it was named as the third cheapest supermarket in the UK.
It was pipped to the title by Lidl though, with Aldi coming in second place in the Which? investigation.
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