Su­perValu in­tro­duces 100 per cent com­postable shop­ping bag

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

SU­PERVALU is to in­tro­duce 100% com­postable and re­us­able shop­ping bags early next month.

The com­pany has said that the in­tro­duc­tion of these bags will result in 2.5 mil­lion plas­tic bags be­ing re­moved from cir­cu­la­tion. This an­nounce­ment fol­lows the in­tro­duc­tion of fully com­postable fruit and veg­etable bags for cus­tomers in 2018, which, to date, has re­sulted in 2.7 mil­lion sin­gle-use plas­tic bags be­ing re­moved from stores.

Su­perValu cur­rently has a sus­tain­able pack­ag­ing strat­egy, which aims to make 100 per cent of its own brand and fresh fruit and veg pack­ag­ing re­cy­clable, re­us­able or com­postable by 2025.

The new shop­ping bag, priced at 89c, is made from a blend of re­new­able raw ma­te­ri­als. When it has been used as many times as pos­si­ble and is ready for the bin, it can be dis­posed of in the brown bin and is then fully bro­ken down once taken to in­dus­trial com­post­ing sites, turn­ing into wa­ter and CO2 within 90 days.

Martin Kelleher, MD of Su­perValu, 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.’

Martin Kelleher, MD of Su­perValu, with one of the new bags.

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