Colruyt ditches disposable plastic bags for fruit and veg

The Halle (Flemish Brabant)-based retailer Colruyt has announced that it is to stop giving its customers disposable plastic bags as packaging for their pick and weigh fruit and veg. The bags should have disappeared from all of the chain’s stores by October. Reusable polyester bags will be used instead.

Colruyt expects that the changes will result in 150 million fewer plastic bags being used each year.   

The re-usable bags will be launched in early June. From 19 they will be in use in 50 of the Colruyt Group’s stores. These will be 29 Bio-Planet and 21 of the groups other stores (Colruyt, Okay, Okay Compact and Spar Colruyt Group) in and around Lier (Antwerp Province), Kortrijk (West Flanders) Mons (Hainaut) and Dinant (Namur Province). By the end of October all of the Colruyt Groups shops will have ditched disposable bags for fruit and veg.    

Colruyt Group claims that the new reusable polyester bags can be used more than 100 times before they need replacing.  

Ze kunnen tot 4 kilogram dragen. Hun gewicht (37 gram) wordt aan de kassa automatisch in mindering gebracht. 

Colruyt is not alone

Last year Delhaize and Lidl announced last year that they are ditching plastic fruit and veg bags.

Meanwhile, Carrefour and Carrefour Market allow their customers to bring their own containers and jars to carry goods purchased at the cheese, cocked meat and fresh fish counters of their stores.