Tackling single-use plastic is “Streets” ahead in Weatherfield as the Co-op rolls-out its compostable carrier bag on to the nation’s favourite Cobbles.
Last week (Wednesday, 20 February) Co-op’s environmentally friendly alternative to single-use plastic bags will be seen in Coronation Street for the first time.
As part of its aim to ditch single use plastic, the Co-op has rolled out compostable carriers to over 1,000 of its food stores – including those across Greater Manchester. The move is estimated to replace around 60M single-use plastic bags UK-wide.
Co-op is the UK’s first retailer to introduce compostable carriers and make them widely available in areas where the Local Authority accepts them as part of household food waste recycling collections. The not for profit bags – priced at 5p – have a secondary use as a caddy liner. The food waste and bag can then be turned into peat free compost. The bags are also suitable for home composting.
Alison Jones, Customer Director, Co-op, said: “We are committed to helping shoppers in the towns, villages and cities that we serve across the UK make more ethical choices. Reducing the environmental impact of our products is a priority, and we are focussed on eliminating single-use plastic. Coronation Street is all about local life and it is an exciting development that our green alternative to the plastic bag is now available for residents of The Street.”
The roll-out of compostable carriers forms part of the Co-op’s hard-hitting ethical strategy which highlights how it will tackle plastic pollution as well as food waste, healthy eating, saving energy and trading fairly. Almost three out of four products that the Co-op makes are now widely recyclable, which accounts for 95% of its products when measured by weight.
Co-op’s store front first appeared on screens on Friday 27th April 2018 – as part of the new extended Weatherfield set. As well as the shop fronts, viewers also see Co-op posters and bags integrated across the iconic soap.