Ashford shoppers bag compostable carriers at Co-op

Published : 14/01/2019

Ashford shoppers can now bag more than they bargained for in the borough's local Co-op stores, with the introduction of the retailer's new compostable carrier bags. 

You might have seen our Facebook post back in December announcing the news, but if you haven't then the great news is that Co-op food stores in Kent are at the forefront of the retailer's moves to ban single-use plastics, rolling out their new compostable carriers across 90 stores in Kent in December 2018. 

Co-op compostable carrier bag

Around 90 Co-op food stores in the county are among the first to offer the not-for-profit compostable bags, in a move that will replace around 60M single-use plastic bags UK-wide.

And the added bonus is that the bags also double up as food caddy waste liners - meaning Ashford residents can reuse them for their food waste collections. 

The bags can be turned into peat-free compost along with the household food waste, are approved for home composting, and are priced at 5p - the same as all other conventional single-use plastic bags.

The move is part of Co-op's new hard-hitting ethical strategy called "The Future of Food - a recipe for sustainability" which sets out how the Co-op will tackle plastic pollution as well as food waste, healthy eating, saving energy and trading fairly. 

Of the move, Iain Ferguson, Environment Manager at Co-op, said: "The bags are carefully designed to help local authorities with food waste recycling, supporting their community and resident engagement, and reducing plastic contamination in a targeted way. 

"We have committed to removing own brand plastic products, and the launch of compostable carrier bags in our stores provides an environmentally-friendly alternative to single-use plastic shopping bags."

Of course, the introduction of Co-op's new scheme couldn't have come at a better time - with 2019 being the Year of the Environment we're pleased to support a scheme that helps our residents reduce their plastic consumption. 

Year of the Environment

We'll be running a huge plastics campaign this summer, so keep an eye on our social media channels for more news and announcements soon!