Plastic pollution initiative

UK first as Centre offers shoppers reusable paper carrier bags

Initiative: Centre director Patrick Robbertze and his deputy Ashley Bisland

One of Scotland’s largest indoor shopping malls, The Centre, in Livingston, is set to become the first mall in the UK to provide shoppers with the option to buy a reusable paper carrier bag to help reduce plastic pollution.

The initiative has been developed following feedback from customers who are looking for an alternative to plastic shopping bags.

The paper bag is recyclable, biodegradable, compostable, tear and water resistant and holds up to 16kg in weight. They are also sustainably sourced and manufactured using 100% renewable energy, sending zero waste to landfill.

Patrick Robbertze, director at The Centre, said: “We are really excited to be launching our reusable paper carrier bag to help reduce the amount of plastic in the environment, which is in response to customer demand.

“As plastic pollution continues to be high up on everyone’s agenda we felt it was important to listen to our customers and offer them an alternative environmentally-friendly carrier bag.

“Introducing paper bags into the mall not only gives shoppers a choice and a solution if they visit without their own bags but also represents our shopping centre’s environmental policies.”

The bags are available from the customer service desk in the mall and cost 20p.

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