New Zealand businesses have begun to slowly phase out plastic, with venues across the country banning plastic straws and select supermarkets committing to phase out single-use plastic bags. But Dutch supermarket chain Ekoplaza has taken it up a notch — it has launched a supermarket with an aisle that is completely plastic free.
On Wednesday, February 28, an Amsterdam branch of the chain opened its doors with the world-first aisle, made up from over 700 plastic-free items. The supermarket worked together with environmental campaign A Plastic Planet to launch the new aisle. Co-founder of the organisation Sian Sutherland Tweeted that 6.3 billion tonnes of plastic have been produced since the 1950s and encouraged other supermarket chains to follow suit.
New Zealand currently has no plastic-free supermarket aisles but stores like Countdown, SuperValue, FreshChoice and New World have committed to phasing out single-use plastic carrier bags by the end of 2018.