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An idea for UK supermarkets : This SA ‘plastic’ bag can be used as compost in your garden

by on August 2, 2018 in Lead Article, News you can use, Nuggets, Retail, Retail News

Big important opportunity for the UK supermarkets. Which UK supermarket will be the first to trial it?

  • Pick n Pay SA  has introduced compostable supermarket bags on Tuesday.
  • The bags are made of vegetable matter such as maize and potato starch.
  • It takes between three to six months to decompose, compared to 500 to a thousand years for a typical plastic bag decompose. 
  • Many thanks to Cheryl De Beyer for the tip off.

Pick n Pay have introduced South Africa’s first compostable supermarket bags at its V&A Waterfront store, Cape Towny. The bags will only be available on Tuesday (in celebration of International Plastic Bag Free Day), but a nationwide roll-out is planned.

The compostable bags are made of vegetable matter, such as maize and potato starch, and will break down after three to six months depending on conditions.

A typical plastic bag takes between 500 to a thousand years to decompose.

“It isn’t unheard of now for shoppers to prefer one supermarket brand over another, purely because they express a serious commitment to recycled content in packaging or encourage their shoppers to bring their bags every time they shop.”

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Pick n Pay’s director for transformation Suzanne Ackerman-Berman said the new bags are strong and can be reused – similar to normal plastic bags.

“The important difference is that these trial bags are also home compostable,”  Ackerman-Berman said.

“They are designed to collect organic waste, such as your kitchen scraps, and will compost with the organic waste in a home compost environment.”

She said the bags still need to be tested before Pick n Pay can introduce it nationwide.

“Currently, for example, there are no integrated large-scale composting facilities available.”




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