SuperValu introducing 100% compostable shopping bags
The supermarket group said the move will take 2.5 million plastic bags out of circulation.
SuperValu is set to roll out 100% compostable and reusable shopping bags in its stores in a bid to reduce plastic waste.
The supermarket group, which claims to be the first Irish retailer to introduce fully compostable bags, said the move will remove 2.5 million plastic bags from circulation over the next year.
The new bags will be available in stores from early September at a cost of 89 cent each.
When the bag has been used as many times as possible and is ready to be thrown out it can be disposed of in the brown bin found in most homes and businesses.
🌱 100% Compostable Reusable Shopping Bags🌱— SuperValu Ireland (@SuperValuIRL) August 15, 2019
We’re delighted to become Ireland’s FIRST Supermarket to introduce 100% COMPOSTABLE Reusable Shopping Bags, removing 2.5 million plastic bags from circulation.
Changing the world one bag at a time.🌎
In store from September 9th.
Once taken to an industrial composting site, it will turn into water and CO2 within 90 days.
Last year Super Valu introduced fully compostable fruit and vegetable bags. The company said the move has resulted in 2.7 million single-use plastic bags being taken out of circulation.
It wants to make 100% of its own-brand and fresh fruit and vegetable packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.
SuperValu managing director Martin Kelleher said: “Our customers expect SuperValu to help them make more sustainable choices and we’re committed to doing just that.
“Reducing our environmental impact on the planet is a core focus of our overall strategy to help build sustainable communities and we have already made significant steps forward in this area.”