Carrefour decided not to sell disposable plates and plastic cutlery. Additionally, the chain introduced biodegradable private label hygiene products in its stores.
Ecological solutions at Carrefour
Carrefour decided to withdraw disposable plates and plastic cutlery from sale. These products are covered by Directive (EU) 2019/904 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 June 2019 on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment. The Directive provides for a ban on the marketing of disposable plastic products that have environmentally safe substitutes (e.g. plastic sanitary sticks, plastic cutlery). The ban is expected to enter into force in July 2021.
In addition, the chain has introduced Ecocert and GOTS certified cosmetic pads and cosmetic swabs.
Grocery chains reduce plastic use
Carrefour, like other food chains, also carries out a number of other environmental protection measures. Last year, Carrefour stores introduced the possibility of packing fruit, vegetables and other products by weight into their own packaging brought by the customer. In Kaufland, vegetables and fruit can be packed in reusable bags and products on scales from the service department can be packed in containers brought by the customer. Lidl in turn introduced the first bio-labelled vegetables with natural light. This allows them to be sold without plastic packaging that distinguishes them from other vegetables (non-bio). Chains also reduce the use of plastic in private labels. For example, Biedronka introduced new cotton and paper hygiene sticks, and eliminated plastic microgranules from BeBeauty and Dentix cosmetics and Cler cleaning products.