The Co-op has declared war on single-use plastic bags.

Twenty-two of its Greater Manchester stores are the first to offer compostable carrier bags instead of single-use plastic bags.

The move comes ahead of a nationwide roll-out to almost 1,400 Co-op stores later this year which will remove around 60 million single-use plastic carrier bags.

The move is part of The Future of Food, the Co-op’s new hard-hitting ethical strategy. It will tackle plastic pollution as well as food waste, healthy eating, saving energy and trading fairly.

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