Coronavirus is changing shopping, but stores still plan to cut plastic


The way people shop is changing.

In the U.K., concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic have resulted in a surge in demand for online grocery orders, with an increasing number of consumers eschewing in-store visits for the convenience of home deliveries. 

Covid-19 has resulted in some quite significant changes to how these goods are delivered, which has in turn had a direct impact on the use of plastic.

Take bags. Since October 2015, big retailers have been required to charge customers 5 pence for single-use plastic bags in England. As attitudes changed, a number of major retailers started to deliver groceries without plastic bags.

Toward the end of March, however, the U.K. government…


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