The supermarket chain Mercadona has announced that this February it will definitively replace the plastic bags of its 259 supermarkets in Catalonia with paper bags, raffia bags, and other reusable and recyclable bags.
In a statement, the company has specified that this measure will also be implemented this month definitively in the communities of Madrid and Navarra. Subsequently, the process will be extended to reach more than 1,600 stores that Mercadona has in Spain. A procedure that will culminate in the middle of next April.
The company initiated a pilot test for this project in 2018 with 66 stores located in Valencia, Barcelona, Vizcaya, Cantabria, Baleares, Ceuta and Melilla. Now, the goal is to expand it throughout the territory.
In particular, the supermarket chain will replace the current plastic bags with others made of paper, raffia and reusable and recyclable bags. Some bags that, in addition, will be manufactured with 3,000 tons of plastic from the packaging recovered in stores.
Mercadona was the first company in the sector to introduce, in 2011, initiatives to reduce the use of single-use plastic bags, and in 2010, it was a pioneer in plastic recycling.