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City envy: we want a plastic-free supermarket aisle like Amsterdam

By Megan Carnegie

Finding it hard to cut down on single-use plastic? Yeah, us too. From straws to bottles to coffee cups, the stuff is everywhere – and supermarkets have some of the biggest footprints. But one Dutch chain has just broken the mould with what it claims is the world’s first totally plastic-free supermarket aisle.

The Jan Pieter Heijestraat branch of Ekoplaza in Amsterdam now sells hundreds of products either without packaging or in eco-friendly recyclable materials. While some stock may look like it’s wrapped in plastic, that’s actually a polymer-like bio-film made from plants and trees that takes just three months to break down. The chain says it aims to have fitted out each of its 74 shops with an aisle by the end of 2018. It’s about time UK supermarkets took up the (biodegradable) baton.

Now read about London's zero-waste supermarket.

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