Felixstowe supermarket encourages customers to ‘borrow’ bags

The East of England Co-op has introduced the 'Borrow Bags Scheme' at its stores in Felixstowe and Wa

The East of England Co-op has introduced the 'Borrow Bags Scheme' at its stores in Felixstowe and Walton Picture: EAST OF ENGLAND CO-OP - Credit: EAST OF ENGLAND CO-OP

A Felixstowe supermarket has become the first in its area to allow customers to ‘borrow’ shopping bags in an effort to cut down on plastic waste.

The East of England Co-op has introduced the innovative ‘Borrow Bags Scheme’ in four of its stores, including its supermarket on Hamilton Road and its convenience stores on King Street, Wadgate Road and on the high street in Walton.

The scheme, which was the brainchild of local resident Gemma Smith, allows shoppers who have forgotten a shopping bag, or purchased more than expected, to borrow a bag rather than purchase a plastic one.

The bags are handmade by volunteers using upcycled clothing, pillow cases and material, and each feature a green triangle. When finished with the bag, customers can return it to any participating store.

Ms Smith, said: “We are so pleased that the East of England Co-op has decided to join the Borrow Bags scheme. Together we are helping our local community protect our planet and become more conscious of the environment.

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“The scheme is supported by a wonderful group of volunteers that come together to help us sew the bags that make a real difference in our community. It is also a great way to make new friends.”

Roger Grosvenor, joint chief executive at the East of England Co-op, said: “When our colleague Veronica asked if we would participate in the Borrow Bags Scheme, we were keen to do as much as possible to provide our support.

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“Back in 2008 we made the decision to stop giving away single use carrier bags and we now only offer reusable bags made from compostable or recycled materials. By joining forces with Borrow Bags, we are now pleased to provide another environmentally-friendly option in Felixstowe and Walton.”

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