With this measure, Migros and Coop are trying to reduce the consumption of single-use disposable bags, which, like other plastic objects, end up polluting the environment.
Plastic bags will remain available, but will no longer be free of charge. At Coop, the proceeds from their sale will be used for the development of environmentally friendly alternatives, such as bags made from recycled materials or cellulose, the company said.
Keine Gratisabgabe von Plastiksäcken mehr bei Coop: Wir verzichten ab Januar auf die Gratisabgabe aller Arten von Plastiksäcken – das gilt auch für Coop Bau+Hobby, Coop City, Interdiscount, Fust, Coop Vitality & Import Parfumerie. Mehr Infos: https://t.co/nVrPiluhS7
— Coop (@coop_ch) October 23, 2019
At Migros, “the rapid implementation of this measure will curb the consumption of disposable plastic. Customers retain their freedom of choice, but are encouraged to use plastic bags multiple times”, the chain said.
Réduction du plastique: après les sacs aux caisses des supermarchés, les sacs distribués jusqu’ici gratuitement dans les marchés spécialisés et dans les services de restauration Migros seront payants. Cette mesure sera appliquée dès le 1er janvier 2020. https://t.co/3Fpm1II3Rc pic.twitter.com/N8EC5VQH8J
— Migros (@migros) October 23, 2019
Both companies already started charging 5 to 30 cents for plastic bags in their grocery stores in 2016, reducing the use of these bags by about 85 percent.
From January, the measure will be extended to Migros and Coop restaurants, as well as their non-food shops such as clothing, electronics, gardening, and other sectors, which currently don’t charge for bags.
The 2020 prices for plastic bags have not yet been set.
Concern over the polluting effects of plastic bags and efforts to decrease their use have been under way in other European countries as well.