SuperValu has recently announced that it is the first grocery retailer in Ireland to introduce compostable bags.
'The initiative forms part of pledge to make 100% of SuperValu own brand and fresh produce packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025,' the grocery retailer said in a statement.
It said that it will fully compostable and biodegradable produce bags for use by customers in initially 70 of its stores.
“The introduction of compostable produce bags is an important step for SuperValu as part of an overall commitment to reduce the use of plastics across our supply chain and is part of our broader sustainability strategy to leave a positive impact on the communities that we operate in every day," Martin Kelleher, managing director of SuperValu, said.
Replace Plastic Bags
The compostable produce bags are designed to replace the use of plastic bags within the fruit and veg section with customers using the bags to purchase loose produce.
The free-of-charge compostable produce bags are designed to be 'breathable to help preserve fruit and veg placed into the bag. They can also be filled with food waste after use and placed in the brown bin for compostable disposal.'
Kelleher added: We recognise that this is an important issue for our consumers and for the health of the planet.”
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