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As an ethical and responsible retailer, we understand that many consumers are becoming increasingly concerned about single-use plastic and the effect it could have on our islands and the wider environment.

It remains an industry-wide issue that needs a joined up approach from consumers, manufacturers and retailers, amongst others.

We are committed to reducing the environmental impact of our products and are working with the Co-operative Group in the UK to reduce the amount of plastic usage and increase recycling opportunities.

What we’ve already done in the Channel Islands

  1. In 2008 we led the way in the Channel Islands by levying a 5p charge on one trip carrier bags, seven years before the UK law came into force.
  2. We’ve set up a plastics working group which aims to further reduce the use of plastic across our stores.
  3. We’ve signed up to Plastic Free Jersey’s Business Toolkit, committing to three main action points.
  4. We've launched a plastic free produce trial in our Grand Marché Stores.

What we’re doing now

Locally:

  1. We phased out single-use carrier bags at the end of 2018.
  2. We are working with local suppliers to encourage best practice with the materials they use for produce packaging. Soon, the remaining few brands that use black or brown plastic will have moved to PET containers which can be widely recycled.
  3. We’re looking at alternatives to single-use produce bags.
  4. We are in the process of replacing single use take away coffee cups with a biodegradable and compostable alternative, as well as replacing our single use stirrers with wooden ones.

Our longer-term aims

Alongside the Co-op Group in the UK, our long term ambition remains for all of our own brand product packaging to be recyclable or reusable – which includes looking at opportunities to reduce hard-to-recycle plastic packaging and include more recycled content.

We have set an initial target of 80% of packaging being recyclable or reusable by 2020, and for all own brand packaging to be easily recyclable or reusable by 2023.

We expect to see a number of product-specific changes in the coming months that will further demonstrate the Co-op’s commitment to reducing plastic and increasing recyclability in our packaging.

Stay up to date

Keep up to date with our work to tackle this issue, by reading our plastics blog posts here.