A change to online deliveries has prompted a backlash from some Tesco customers.
The decision to axe try liners and non-essential plastic bags from all online deliveries prompted some to threaten to boycott the retail giant.
The retail sector saw a boom in online shopping orders during the pandemic as households were told to stay at home. For those shielding from Covid-19, shopping delivered to the doorstep was a lifeline.
But some say the move to reduce packaging will be impractical, unhygienic and even discriminatory reports BirminghamLive.
The supermarket giant has confirmed it is banning tray liners and non-essential plastic bags from all online orders.
Britain’s biggest grocer confirmed: “We’ve teamed up with the environmental charity Hubbub to challenge you to reduce your food waste at home. Check out our tips, take on the challenge and share your success using #NoTimeForWasteChallenge.”
But one customer hit back: “Do you realise how much harder you’re making it for the elderly and disabled to have a food delivery?. And the trays are usually dirty. The liners were bad enough.”
A second added: “Tesco, instead of #everylittlehelps Please #givealittlehelp by restoring bags or tray liners to Customers struggling with physical and mental health disabilities. Don’t make an essential food shop something people dread. Life can be hard enough.”
Stuart wrote: “We have our weekly shop delivered by Tesco every Thursday and it comes packed in Tray Liners which can then be placed in the recycle bin. As Pensioners who rely on Tesco for our full weekly shop we are really worried following an email received today advising us Tray liners are being withdrawn in April 2021.”
Martin wrote: “I do a large online shop from Tesco each week and spend around £100.00 per week on average – sometimes less and sometimes more. I am now thinking of ditching Tesco as the thought of all my shopping sitting loose in the plastic trays fills me with dread.”
Another wrote: “Perhaps Tesco could rethink their latest edict on banning tray liners for home deliveries. They serve an essential purpose for carrying groceries inside as well protecting the groceries from dirty plastic trugs which are supposed to be cleaned and disinfected daily, but are not.”
“I agree that while reducing plastic waste is a good thing in theory the removal of trayliners/bags when delivering to people is a terrible idea and I am actually really upset at how much more awkward the whole experience is going to be now,” wrote Emma.
“I’m fuming also about the liners being stopped. As a household if 6 this will be a nightmare!!! ” agreed another.
“I am totally bewildered by the supposed logic in this decision. I suffer with RA so when my delivery comes it is going to take me a very long time to empty the trays,” said Diane.
Denise wrote: “I am reading that you doing away with tray liners ..so you expect disabled people to bend and pick up every item ..and no you cannot come in our house..this is discrimination against disabled people and older people..crazy”
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