Introducing compostable bags to cut single-use plastics
Published 28 Oct 2019 in Society Announcements
The Midcounties Co-operative has launched compostable bags in 115 of its Food stores, which will help remove 3.1million bags per year from circulation nationwide.
The new bags are fully compostable within twelve months, helping shoppers across the Midcounties’ trading areas to make more sustainable choices.
The bags have been designed in partnership with Oldham Council to make sure they meet the requirements of food waste collection liners, meaning they can also be used as liners for food waste bins. The stores stocking the compostable bags have been nominated because they are in a council area where they will be collected as part of food waste collections.
The initiative is the latest step in The Midcounties Co-operative’s ongoing commitment to tackling single-use plastics. Earlier this year it launched its 1Change campaign, in which customers and members participated by pledging to make small everyday changes to help protect the planet, such as using a bag-for-life or reusable cups for hot drinks. In addition, Midcounties colleagues have taken part in litter picks and visited schools to help educate the next generation about the importance of sustainability.
Mike Pickering, CSR Manager at The Midcounties Co-operative, said: “This is an important step in our ongoing commitment to tackling single-use plastics throughout our trading areas. We all have the power to make a difference through the choices we make on a daily basis, and we hope that introducing compostable carrier bags in our Food stores will encourage people to make more sustainable shopping choices."
“Plastic waste is a growing issue and we will continue to look for even more ways we can work with local communities to protect the environment, and review roll-out opportunities across more stores as and when councils are able to collect these bags.”