A step to a plastic-free aisle? Waitrose ditches plastic for fruit and veg

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Waitrose says it will remove loose fruit and vegetable plastic bags by spring 2019, replacing them with biodegradable bags that you can put in your compost bin or food waste collection.

What's more is that the supermarket – now officially called Waitrose & Partners – will stop selling 5p plastic carrier bags by March, but you might see them disappearing from October. All in all, 134 million plastic bags, or 500 tonnes of plastic, will be saved each year.  

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Apparently it's an answer to customer demand. Tor Harris, Head of CSR, Health & Agriculture for Waitrose, says: "The removal of these bags will change the way our customers, many of whom have been asking us to do this, shop with us in the future. We know we still have a lot to do, but as with our commitment to removing takeaway disposable cups earlier this year, this represents another major step forward in reducing our use of plastics."

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