Supermarket chain opts for reusable produce bags
The Metro supermarket chain is introducing reusable produce bags at its 484 stores across Ontario and Quebec.
Starting in late November or early December, the mesh bags will be sold in produce sections as an alternative to the f ray ban limsy plastic bags that shoppers tear off and fill with fruits and vegetables.
She says that, on average, 10,000 plastic produce bags are shipped per week to each Metro store in Ontario. The chain hopes to reduce that number by 20 per cent over the course of 2010.
The reusable bags are machine washable, see through, white polyester mesh with drawstring closures. A set is $4.99, with four large bags rolled inside one small one. The large bags measure about 11 1/2 by 16 inches and hold up to 12 pounds (5.4 kilograms). Powers says the made in China bags have a lifespan of about 18 months.
Metro boasts it is the first grocery chain to introduce reusable plastic bags. The Recycling Council of Ontario supports the move, says executive dir ray ban ector Jo Anne St. Godard.
really a natural next step, she says. our perspective, what we’ve seen is a phenomenal trend in the takeout bag. It’s caught o ray ban n very quickly. It’s become a social norm for shoppers.
St. Godard hopes consumers will look ray ban at the bags as a option rather than being turned off by the $4.99 price tag. She points out that even though the perception is that plastic produce bags are free, their cost is passed on to consumers.
Her organization has received a huge number of complaints about the use of plastic produce bags, St. Godard says. is probably the number 1 irritant of consumers out there.
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