Co-op Food, one of the biggest British retailers, has just become the next major company to make a switch from single-use plastic bags to more environmentally-friendly options! The store is going to replace around 60 million plastic bags with compostable alternatives and, thanks to its new anti-plastic efforts, it will keep a great amount of plastic waste from entering the environment, especially the oceans!
According to the newly released plans, lightweight compostable bags will be introduced to almost 1,400 Co-op stores in areas where bags can be used in food waste collections, CNBC reports. The new and improved bags will cost 5 pence (7 cents) each. According to Jo Whitfield, Co-op’s retail chief executive, the compostable bags are “a simple but ingenious way to provide an environmentally-friendly alternative to plastic shopping bags.”
By 2023, Co-op aims to make all of its own-brand packaging “easy to recycle.” All its own-brand black and dark plastic packaging will be eliminated by 2020. The company is also going to use a minimum of 50 percent recycled plastic in its bottles, trays, punnets, and pots by 2021.
Plastic waste is one of the top environmental issues of today. Every year, over 8.8 million tons of nonbiodegradable waste enter the oceans and pollute even the most seemingly pristine areas. Fortunately, we are now waking up to this burning problem. According to a recent survey, consumers actively want to be given plastic-free shopping options and, in big part, are willing to pay a tax on plastic packaging if it will help minimize the problem of plastic pollution.
By committing to new practices, Co-op joins the list of retailers taking steps to reduce the amount of plastic waste they generate. Another British store, Iceland, is looking to eliminate plastic packaging from its own-brand products by 2023. The awareness of the plastic issue is growing all around the world – in the U.S., the grocery chain Kroger has most recently decided to ban plastic bags.
To find out how you can be part of the change by using less plastic and learn what alternatives are available, check out One Green Planet’s #CrushPlastic campaign!
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