Degradable bread bags

Wednesday, 15 September, 2004

The Co-op in the UK is using its loaf with the announcement that it is launching 100% degradable plastic bread wrappers.

Although just as strong and as safe as standard plastic bread wrappers, the Co-op degradable bread bags fully degrade to carbon dioxide, water and a small amount of organic residue after approximately four years. Standard plastic bread bags take 100 years or more to degrade.

Some 1.67 billion bread bags are produced in the UK each year. With each bag weighing an average of 6 g, 10,521 tonnes of waste are generated by bread bags every year.

Around 55 million Co-op brand loaves are sold each year, generating 346 tonnes of bread bags in household waste per annum.

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