Riordan’s SuperValu, Fermoy is one of the 70 SuperValu stores across Ireland which has introduced fully compostable and biodegradable produce bags for use by their customers. 

This is part of a broader strategy by SuperValu to reduce packaging and make 100% of its Own Brand and fresh produce packaging become recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025. 

Proprietor Michael O’Riordan said that it is a step in the right direction, but there is a big mountain ahead in terms of protecting the environment.

“Anything that can help reduce the amount of non-recyclable plastics is a good thing but there’s a lot more to be done,” he told The Avondhu this week. 

The compostable produce bags are designed to replace the use of plastic bags within the fruit and vegetable section with customers using the bags to purchase loose produce.

The compostable produce bags are currently being trialled in around 70 SuperValu stores with a view to making them available across the entire store network. 

The free-of-charge compostable produce bags are designed to be breathable to help preserve fruit and veg placed into the bag.

They can also be filled with food waste after use and placed in the brown bin for compostable disposal.