John Lewis has become the first department store to remove plastic bags after it launched a pilot of a new sustainability scheme at its Oxford store.
The plastic bag removal forms part of eight new sustainability practices that aims to inspire a “reduce, re-use and return” mentality among customers.
As part of the trial, John Lewis is eradicating its 5p plastic bags and encouraging customers to bring a bag, or buy a reusable one instead.
The department store retailer said that over a year, it’s estimated that this alone could save 5000 tonnes of plastic.
“Our customers have told us they want us to help them reduce their impact on the planet and that reducing and recycling packaging is key for them -Our message that we want customers to take away just the product that they love and reduce and reuse the packaging that they don’t will be clearly communicated throughout the shop” was the message of John Lewis head of sustainability Stephen Cawley.