Posted April 20, 2019 17:15:08Asda bag bags are becoming increasingly popular in the UK, with the first ever bag packed in April 2017.
Now the iconic retailer is making bags of its own, offering to help people get started.
The bag packing idea has taken off, with asda offering bag packs of its first batch of bags, made with a biodegradably sourced polyethylene plastic (BPSP) and polypropylene (PP) blend.
Asda is making its own bags of all sizes, from 5cm x 3cm x 1cm to 5cm by 3cm by 1cm.
The bags have a capacity of 12 cubic metres.
“We’re really excited about the bags, we really love the idea of the bag.
And I’m not saying we don’t want to make bags at some point, but this is really the beginning of a new trend,” a spokesperson told Business Insider.
The bags have been made with biodegradeable polyethylenes and polyethylenimine (PEI), which has a high rate of environmental impact, as well as biodegrading.
“The bag packaging is a good example of what we’re doing to make it a more sustainable industry,” said Asda’s managing director of products, Andy Brown.
“Our customers have been really excited by the idea, and the bags are now going to be available on the market.”
To make their own bag packing, people can either buy an Asda pack or go to the supermarket, buy a bag of their choice and assemble it in the same way as you would any other bag.
As a result, they can save money, reduce their carbon footprint and increase the likelihood that their bags are reusable.
The brand has also partnered with the UK’s Environment Agency (Eco) to help develop its bag packing strategy.
“It’s not a new concept for us, we have been working on bag packaging for some time.
It was a challenge to get the bags out in the market, and now we have the solution,” said Brown.
As it has since 2014, Asda has also teamed up with the British Sustainable Manufacturing Centre (BSMC), which offers a range of packaging products including bags and packing materials, to help it achieve its sustainability goals.
“Asda and the BSMMC have been extremely supportive and collaborative throughout the project,” said Matt Bowers, chief sustainability officer at Asda.
“We have partnered with BSCMC and we are committed to improving our sustainability efforts and the bag packaging industry by creating a range the same as other bag brands.”