The new bag breaks down when heat, moisture and bacteria are present
In June Ikea started charging customers for carrier bags and by October 2 it will stop using plastic bags completely. After the bag charges were introduced the company said it saw huge overnight reductions in plastic bag consumption. It estimates it has reduced carrier bag consumption by 97% from last year, exceeding expectations.
Ikea UK environment manager Charlie Browne said: Our customers are overwhelmingly supportive mainly due to the fact that we make no profit from the project and they are being given a simple choice to help the environment. So the next logical step for us was to take traditional fossil fuel plastic out of the equation.
The move comes weeks after Tesco launched a multi-million pound advertising campaign for its green reward points scheme, which offers customers points for using their own bags.