The world’s first plastic free shopping aisle
Great news from Amsterdam this week – where a supermarket has launched the world’s first plastic-free aisle.
As reported by The Guardian, shoppers to the store launched by Dutch supermarket Ekoplaza and environmental campaign group A Plastic Planet will be able to choose from around 700 products in the aisle, including meat, dairy, chocolate, snacks and fruit and vegetables.
Products that need to be wrapped – such as meat and dairy – come in packaging made from new compostable bio-materials as well as recyclable materials like glass, metal and cardboard – at no extra cost to the customer.
This is a ground breaking moment for the fight against plastic waste – which can take 1,000 years to decompose and is ending up in the world’s oceans, destroying marine life.
And when it comes to fruit and veg – it also makes simple common sense. Why do bananas, apples and potatoes in our local supermarkets need to be wrapped in plastic anyway?
Before the end of the year, Ekoplaza reportedly intends to introduce the plastic free aisle to each of its 74 stores. Hopefully supermarkets in this country will soon launch a similar initiative in a bid to cut down on the nation’s plastic packaging waste – which Wrap estimates to be a whopping 2.4 million tonnes per year.
The plastic free aisle is a fantastic start of something that must become second nature to us all in the future. Plastic plays a big role in our lives, but our use of single-use plastic needs to be seriously reduced.
What plastics does Chambers recycle?
Bottles, including water, milk, shampoo, soap and bleach
Hard plastic, such as plastic water pipes, road cones, bollards, buckets and PVC window frames
What happens to the plastics that Chambers recycles?
We carefully sort them, bale them and send them off to a specialist recover operation, where they are separated, cleaned and granulated for direct use in the plastic manufacturing industry. The recycled plastics could become: bottles, new clear sacks, car parts, home composters, garden furniture, fleece jackets and hats or fibre filling for sleeping bags and duvets.
Any plastic residue that can’t be recycled is still a valuable resource. It is baled, wrapped and goes to a Waste to Energy plant to generate electricity.