Apr 30, 2021

Co-op to scrap plastic 'bags for life'

The Co-op said it would replace the plastic bags with compostable carrier bags selling for 10p "When current stocks are exhausted". "With over 1.5 billion bags sold each year by retailers, this remains a massive issue for our industry as many shoppers are regularly buying so called 'Bags for Life' to use just once and it's leading to major hike in the amount of plastic being produced." The Co-op has also published a new report called "Bag to Rights" in which it details some recommendations it is making to government on plastic bag use. Ms Whitefield said:"We believe that it should be mandatory for all retailers to report on the sales of all of their reusable bags, not just single-use bags. Asda has defended its continued use of plastic bags for life previously, saying they were a "Sustainable alternative to single-use carrier bags... particularly given the concerns around CO2 emissions related to the paper-bag production process".

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