If David Attenborough has taught us anything over the years, it's we need to be kinder to the environment - single-use plastics are incredibly damaging to our oceans and to animals. With this in mind, a lot of companies are on a mission to reduce their carbon footprint, with one way being to scrap single-use carrier bags.
But with many of the 'bags for life' still being damaging to the environment when binned, Co-op has come up with a solution to end single-use carriers once and for all - compostable bags.
Co-op To Roll Out Compostable Carriers And Scrap Single-Use Plastic Credit: Co-op
Co-op is introducing compostable carriers throughout 230 of their Scotland stores - all part of an innovative long-term plan that will culminate with the company having scrapped single-use carriers from 1,400 stores across the UK.
The new compostable bags are being introduced into the 1,400 stores because they're located in areas where the council currently provides homes with food waste bins - plus as the carriers are compostable, they're ideal to use as waste bags once people are done with them.
The roll out follows a successful live-testing in 22 stores in Greater Manchester and is part of Co-op's 'The Future of Food - a recipe for sustainability' campaign.
This isn't the only step the supermarket brand is taking to be more environmentally friendly - it's also promising to remove all black and dark plastic packaging from all their own brand products all by 2020, including those pesky ready meal trays that can't be recycled .
Along with this, Co-op has made the promise to use at least 50 percent recycled plastic in its bottles, pots, punnets and trays by 2021.
Jo Whitfield, Retail Chief Executive at Co-op said: "The price of food wrapped in plastic has become too much to swallow and, from today, the Co-op will phase out any packaging which cannot be reused.
Co-op To Roll Out Compostable Carriers And Scrap Single-Use Plastic. Credit: Co-op
"The first step to remove single-use plastic will be to launch compostable carrier bags in our stores. They are a simple but ingenious way to provide an environmentally-friendly alternative to plastic shopping bags."
But Co-op isn't stopping there. Oh no, these plans go further - having stated that it already uses 100 percent renewable energy for its stores, the wheels are in motion for the company to scrap all single-use plastic from its stores by 2023.
The compostable bags will be a first for the UK and mean the company is going to save 339 tonnes of plastic each year.
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