C&A phases out single-use plastic bags across Europe

C&A phases out single-use plastic bags across Europe

March 3, 2020
Press Release: C&A

C&A is phasing out the sale of single-use plastic bags in all of its more than 1,400 stores across 18 countries in Europe

As of this month, the fashion retailer will introduce the durable ‘bag-for-life’, made from 80% recycled PET which will withstand many shopping trips. When worn out, it can be returned to any C&A store and exchanged for a new one free of charge.

“We want to offer our customers more sustainable options and encourage the habit of reusing and recycling,” said Michael Reidick, C&A’s head of Sustainability for Europe. “As with our clothing, the longer these bags are used, the more eco-friendly they become. This move will further reduce greenhouse gas emissions and plastic consumption.”

C&A is also offering customers the choice of 100% recycled paper bags. These are made of unbleached brown paper, saving water and energy that would otherwise be needed for the bleaching process. In addition to paper and PET, C&A continues to offer other alternatives, such as cotton bags.

C&A is continuously investigating its plastic usage – e.g. within the transportation process and product packaging aiming to reduce its overall plastic usage. “Eliminating single-use plastic bags in our European stores is an important milestone within C&A’s wider commitment to cut emissions, source more sustainable materials and design products with their next use in mind,” Reidick added.

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