Colruyt Group decides to use reusable bags for loose fruit and vegetables

Colruyt Group is the first Belgian retailer to decide to only offer reusable bags for loose fruit and vegetables. This means that Colruyt, Bio-Planet, Spar, OKay and OKay Compact will stop using single-use plastic bags. We estimate that we will reduce the number of plastic bags by 150 million on an annual basis. By making this radical choice in favour of reusability, we are paving the way towards ease and clarity for those customers who want to make more conscious choices.

Working towards 100% reusable bags

We will therefore stop using the current single-use plastic bags (in Flanders) or biobased plastic bags (in Brussels and Wallonia); we have also decided not to use single-use paper bags either. 51 pilot stores (30 Bio-Planet, 8 Colruyt, 8 OKay and 5 Spar) will offer reusable bags only in the fresh produce department from 19 June. All other stores will make the switch in October, but the reusable bags are available to buy now. Every customer gets a free set of five reusable bags with Xtra. You will receive these free bags in those stores that have made the switch and from October in the other stores.

Reusable bag

Convenient and washable bags

In addition to sustainability, the new bags will also offer efficiency and convenience. Another special feature is the barcode that will deduct the weight of the bag (approx. 37 g). Customers will therefore only pay for their fruit and vegetables, not for the bag. Bags can easily be rinsed under the tap or put in the washing machine at 30°C to keep them clean.

Can be used over and over again

The reusable bags that were selected are made of 100% polyester, are extremely strong and can easily carry 4 kg. The independent organisation Bureau Veritas has tested the bags and confirmed that the bags don’t show any wear and tear even after being used hundreds of times.

Furthermore, the LCA (life-cycle analysis) study shows that polyester bags have the smallest total environmental impact over their entire life cycle. Being reused just 9 times makes our polyester bag more sustainable than a single use paper bag. The more we reuse, the more we can all make a real difference together.

Read more about our LCA assessment and about our decision to use polyester

With this initiative, we contribute to the following Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

Responsible consumption & production Climate action