Concerned over the growing scale of unnecessary plastic waste, Sainsbury’s, Britain’s leading supermarket, has become the first in the country to commit to a plastic-free aisle in their stores.

The initiative will remove 489 tons’ worth of plastic bags, which are currently used for loose fruit, vegetables, and bakery items. Customers buying loose fruit and vegetables will either be able to bring their own bags or buy a reusable bag made from recycled materials. Paper bags will be available to customers for loose bakery items.

Sainsbury’s is also removing non-recyclable plastics from its stores, and plans to eradicate black plastic trays, plastic film on fruit and vegetables, PVC and polystyrene trays, plastic trays for eggs and plastic cutlery.