UK’s Co-op to ditch single-use plastic bags for biodegradable bags

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A popular supermarket chain in the UK is taking a step towards bettering the environment by putting a stop to plastic waste. Co-op just announced plans to use compostable carrier bags that double as biodegradable waste bags in all of its stores. The new bags will replace the old plastic carriers, which were only single-use and non-biodegradable.

Co-op is introducing the eco-friendly bags over the next few weeks. Stores in England, Wales and Scotland will receive the bags first, followed by outlets… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Australia takes stand on single-use plastic bags

Single-use plastic bags are going out of style in Australia, but shoppers aren’t thrilled by the reduction. Two major retailers, Big W and Coles, ended the use of plastic shopping bags from their stores. The move effectively outlaws their use in nearly every Australian state.

After Tasmania and South Australia started by installing a plastic bag ban, national retailers voluntarily began relying on them in stores. On June 20, 2018, Woolworths stopped offering single-use bags, instead charging… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Costa Rica aims to become the first country to ban all single-use plastics

Costa Rica is taking a stand against the plastic waste that is flooding our oceans and clogging up our landfills. The country is poised to become the first in the world to eliminate all single-use plastics. This isn’t just a ban on plastic bags or water bottles – using a multi-prong approach, Costa Rica will eliminate plastic forks, lids and even coffee stirrers. And they plant to do this by 2021. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building