Plastic bags have already been replaced by recycled paper in the online store and will feature in some stores in July
Consum supermarkets, the Valencian cooperative has eliminated plastic bags from its online shop, and from this weekend will be delivering groceries in recycled paper bags.
As well as the online shops, the recycled paper bags will be available in 24 stores across Valencia, Alicante and Barcelona from July 18.
The new packaging is made with 30% recycled paper and 70% virgin FSC paper (Forest Stewardship Council) that certifies and guarantees that the product comes from sustainable forests, according to Consum in a statement.
In the physical stores, the introduction of these bags will be gradual, and will have a price tag of 10 cents each, with plans to extend the rollout to the entire commercial network, “thus meeting a demand from its partners-customers.”
“Consum is ahead of European specifications that seek to recycle 50% of its waste in 2020 and 70% in 2030, and try each year to minimize its effects on the environment. In 2017, the Ministry of Agriculture recognized the Cooperative as the only distribution company with certification on its carbon footprint, “said the cooperative.
The cooperative, which reduced its carbon footprint by 24.3% compared to the previous year, has received one of the European Environmental Prizes, organized by the European Commission, which value companies that combine economic viability with environmental protection.
Consum’s online store serves more than 60 towns in the metropolitan area of Valencia and Alicante and in Barcelona capital, Badalona, Hospitalet de Llobregat, Sant Adrià de Besós, Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Cornellà, Esplugues de Llobregat, Sant Just Desvern, Sant Joan d’Espi and Sant Feliu de Llobregat.