Single-use plastic cutlery will disappear from all branches of Swiss supermarket chain Migros by the end of the year, the retailer has said.
The measure will be rolled out from 1 November and covers both immediate consumption products, such as ‘Annas Best’ ready-to-eat salads with cutlery included, as well as plastic cutlery available at checkouts.
Cutlery for immediate consumption products will still be available, as Migros replaces single-use plastic cutlery with more sustainable disposable cutlery.
A wooden fork and knife set and a bamboo fork and spoon set will now be available for customers to use.
In addition, an assortment of chrome steel reusable cutlery, on sale for CHF 12.95 (€13.30), will be placed in a more visible location in stores.
Disposable cutlery will now be charged and can be purchased at points of sale for CHF 0.10 (€0.10).
By voluntarily giving up plastic cutlery integrated into products, Migros said that it is taking a further step toward packaging optimisation. According to the retailer, the resulting packaging changes will save 17 tonnes of plastic annually.
The Swiss retailer removed plastic disposable plates from the shelves of all stores two years ago, replacing them with products made of cardboard, wood, palm leaves or bioplastic.
The Swiss retailer recently unveiled CoffeeB, a coffee capsule system that works without the use of a capsule. The system, which Migros says is the world's first, uses a small, fully compostable ball of pressed coffee, generating no waste.