Tesco is right to stop the sale of plastic carrier bags

With the BBC reporting that Tesco is ending the sale of 5p plastic carrier bags, the move is a welcome one.

According to the BBC, Tesco will no longer be selling its 5p plastic bags, and will instead only sell bags for life – starting from 10p each. The BBC reports that the 5p charge was introduced in law at various times across the UK and has resulted in significant reductions in bag-purchasing, which led to Tesco’s trial for a 5p plastic bag ban, which has seen success.

The move is a small step in the right direction when it comes to companies making positive environmental impacts.

The move will incentivise shoppers to bring their own reusable bags, and will ensure that those who forget bags buy slightly more expensive, but longer-lasting, bags, which can be used again and again.

The supermarket giant has a range of other environmental commitments.

According to its website, less than 1% of its food is wasted, however, it aims to do more. Back in March, the company started a food waste hotline” for its suppliers to help tackle the issue.

Paying 10p for a reusable bag is price worth paying to help save the environment.

Time will tell if other supermarkets follow in its footsteps, or if governments legislate to ban the bag.

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