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Norgesgruppen has sold 78 million fewer plastic bags after the price increase

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Both Norgesgruppen, which among other things owns the grocery chains Kiwi, and Coop notice a marked decline in the sale of plastic bags after the plastic bag quota was introduced. Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB

Of NTB | 30.05.2024 15:13:02

– In the last six months, fully 75 per cent of transactions have taken place without the sale of a plastic carrier bag. At the same time, we see that sales of rubbish bags on rolls have more than doubled. This indicates that the customers are well on their way to changing their habits, says sustainability director Signe Bunkholt Sæter.

A plastic bag in the grocery store now costs NOK 5.50, and for Norgesgruppen there is little doubt that the price works as intended: to reduce the use of plastic bags.

In a press release, the group states that there is still a way to go to reach the environmental requirement from the EU that every person should not use more than 40 bags a year.

Communications adviser Simen Kjønnås Thorsen at the grocery chain Coop says that sales of plastic bags at them have fallen by 33 per cent since the quota increase.

– It is gratifying that customers want to join in and contribute, and we see that plastic bag consumption is dropping sharply, he says.

As the only grocery player, Coop has a reuse bonus on the shopping network, where members receive a NOK 1 bonus every time they reuse the shopping network, adds Thorsen.

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