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Letter: Canmore's grocery stores should offer compostable plastic bags

Editor: As a requirement of pandemic safety precautions, we are required to use new plastic bags for groceries. We are questioning why Save-On-Foods and Safeway in Canmore do not follow the lead of Calgary Coop to use compostable bags.
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Editor:

As a requirement of pandemic safety precautions, we are required to use new plastic bags for groceries.

We are questioning why Save-On-Foods and Safeway do not follow the lead of Calgary Coop to use compostable bags.

Their green bags are certified compostable by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) and are acceptable in municipal composting programs like Calgary’s Green Cart program.

The bags are made from fermented corn starch – the ink is vegetable-based. Presumably then, after your return from the grocery store, you can use the bag for your organics, and deposit them in the organic recycling bins.

We challenge our major grocers here to state why they don't provide them – and we would suggest that their customers might go to the store that does provide them, rather than have the myriad of plastics bags blowing around in the wind.

Or perhaps we're missing something?

Charge a dime for each one – that might be 0.5 per cent of my grocery bill.

Duane Kohut and Carol Poland,

Canmore



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