The new bag, which can be used over and over, will replace the traditional pinch-and-pull plastic bag and offer customers a more sustainable option for bagging loose produce.
According to the retailer, the bag is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, is washable, and can be recycled at clothing and textile banks.
The bags are priced at 49 cent and are now available across the retailer’s 164 stores nationwide.
Joe Manning, commercial director, Tesco Ireland, said, “We are always looking at new and innovative ways that reduce the use of plastic in our business. This reusable net bag is one way we can do that.
“This is one little help for our customers to use less soft plastic in their shopping trip.”
In 2019, the company noted that it had made a series of sustainability commitments, including a pledge that all packaging on Tesco own-label products would be fully recyclable by 2025.
Among its achievements to date, the company has successfully removed all plastic-wrapped multipacks, replacing them with plastic-free multibuys, removing 1.5 million pieces of plastic wrap each year from items such as tinned tomatoes, tuna and sweetcorn.
In-store collection points can be found in all stores, and customers can simply remove unwanted soft plastic packaging – such as cling wrap or the outer wraps from water bottle multipacks – at the end of their shopping trip.
Tesco Ireland noted that it has a net-zero target of 2035 for its own operations and a commitment to cut to zero the emissions generated by the products that it sells and across its supply chains by 2050.