Spanish retailer Coviran has announced that it has eliminated the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags from its stores.
The decision is in line with the Royal Decree that regulates the use of plastic bags in shops and allows packaging only if it is compostable.
Covirán has been working for years on alternatives to minimise the use of plastics at its stores and logistics centres.
It has introduced red raffia bags and bio-reusable paper bags as alternatives.
President of the co-operative, Patro Contreras, said, “We work so that our products and points of sale are increasingly sustainable and we can reduce our environmental footprint.
“We have taken important steps with the help of partners and consumers, and are aware of the serious problems that the use of packaging that is not biodegradable entails.”
The co-operative has also launched reusable mesh bags for fruit and vegetables and introduced a collaborative project titled ‘Tráete tus bolsas de casa y dales una nueva vida’ (Bring your bags from home and give them a new life).
It allows customers to deposit used plastic bags that can be used by other customers.
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