Co-op latest supermarket to introduce compostable plastic bags

UK supermarket chain the Co-op, which has 2,600 stores across the country, has announced plans to replace single-use plastic bags with compostable alternatives.

The plastic bags, currently charged at five pence, will be replaced with a five pence compostable plastic bag in almost 1,400 stores (only in locations where the local council will accept the bags in food waste bins). The supermarket is encouraging customers to use the carrier bags as food waste bin liners.

The Co-op will also offer stronger reusable plastic bags for ten pence. As well as committing to using compostables, the company will be making its own brand packaging ‘easier to recycle’, a pledge that includes eliminating black plastic in its own brand products by 2020, a material not easily recycled due to the pigments used in its manufacture.