Earlier this month, Pick n Pay introduced compostable ‘plastic’ bags made of vegetable matter such as maize and potato starch. The bags take between three and six months to break down, as opposed to conventional plastic bags that can take up to a thousand years to decompose. The bags are being trialled at Pick n Pay’s V&A Waterfront store in Cape Town, but a nationwide rollout is planned.

According to Suzanne Ackerman-Berman, Pick n Pay’s director for transformation, the new bags are strong and reusable – similar to normal plastic bags.

“The important difference is that these trial bags are also home compostable,” says Ackerman-Berman. “They are designed to collect organic waste, such as your kitchen scraps, and will compost with the organic waste in a home compost environment.”

The bags are still in the process of being tested before Pick n Pay introduces them nationwide.

Have a look at the compostable bag in the full article here.