Supermarket chain SPAR Austria is trialling reusable paper bags for fruit and vegetables packaging across Interspar Hypermarkets in Salzburg and Styria.
The company has taken this decision in a move to reduce plastic waste from fruit and vegetable packaging.
Available as a four-pack for €1.49, each of the reusable bags has the capacity to hold eight pieces of fruit or vegetables. The bags are environmentally friendly and washable.
Interspar Austria managing director Markus Kaser said: “Ideally, our customers carry a reusable net with them for their fruit and vegetables, but we also need to offer another solution. For this reason, we are testing the use of free paper bags.”
The new transparent parchment paper bags are made using forest stewardship council (FSC) certified paper and can be disposed of organically.
This trial run follows the failure of SPAR Austria’s pilot-launched brown paper bags in a limited number of stores in Vienna in 2016.
Last year, the company managed to save more than 20% of fruit and vegetable plastic bag waste as part of the sustainability agenda.
The retailer has also replaced the packaging of its sandwiches from plastic to cardboard in a move to save 22t of plastic per year.
Spar entered Austria in 1954 and formed SPAR Austria, a 100% privately owned Austrian company, in 1970.