All Tesco single-use 5p carrier bags are to be replaced by a new ‘Bag for Life’ costing 10p, the supermarket has announced.
From 28 August only the new bag – made from 94 per cent recycled plastic – will be sold and sales will fund community projects across Britain.
The new bag, which is replaced for free if damaged, follows a successful 10-week trial carried out in Aberdeen, Dundee and Norwich.
Tesco found customers bought significantly fewer carrier bags and sales of bags in trial stores have since reduced by 25 per cent.
The supermarket has handed out 1.5 billion fewer single use bags since the introduction of the carrier bag charge in England in 2015, however, it still sells more than 700 million of these each year.
Matt Davies, UK and ROI CEO at Tesco, said: “Today’s move will help our customers use even fewer bags but ensure that those sold in our stores continue to fund thousands of community projects across the country chosen by customers.
“It’s the right thing to do for the environment and for local communities.”
Online customers will still be able to select single use carrier bags for their shopping or select a bagless delivery, which more than half of its online customers are currently doing.
Tesco has also announced it will be removing single-use wine carriers and lowering the price of its ‘Carry me bottle bag’ from £1 to 40p.
The new Bag for Life will continue to fund Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme, whereby local community projects across Great Britain are awarded grants and Tesco customers vote for their favourite local project by picking up a blue token at the checkout each time they shop.
Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey added: “I welcome Tesco wanting to go further and help their customers use even fewer plastic bags. The switch to a Bag for Life will continue to help reduce litter and boost recycling – helping to leave the environment in a better state than we found it.”