Kruidvat is banning the use of plastic candy bags in favor of a more sustainable paper version. The store chain has reported that it uses 8 million plastic bags annually, and by banning them, they claim to save 32,000 kilos of plastic every year.
According to Kruidvat, the replacement of the plastic candy bag is part of their broader sustainability strategy. “The paper bag is one of the many initiatives we take to make our packaging and products more sustainable,” they say.
“With this new step, we are helping to reduce the use of plastic and the amount of plastic litter in Belgium and the Netherlands,” says Leendert van Bergeijk, sustainability manager at Kruidvat. “If you were to line up all the plastic candy bags that we replace every year, you would arrive at 4,000 kilometers.”
The paper bag has been standard in Wallonia for some time now, but on Monday, Walloon Kruidvat branches will also switch to the latest version of the paper candy bag. This move is an important step towards a more sustainable future for both customers and the environment.