With the majority of produced plastic being used for packaging purposes and limited recycling possibilities, efforts of SPAR country organisations on plastic reduction in their stores are important to tackle this issue. In this article, we highlight SPAR Italy’s initiative on biodegradable bags and support of SPAR UK in minimising plastic in stores.
SPAR Italy regional distributor Maiora (DESPAR Centro-Sud) in December 2022 renewed its partnership with Legambiente, an Italian environmental association, and launched 100% biodegradable and compostable organic shopping bags. These bags support Legambiente’s sea turtle recovery centres and care activities, raising awareness for environmental sustainability and endangered species preservation. Maiora’s involvement in Legambiente’s ‘Tartalove’ project helps safeguard the endangered Caretta sea turtles, addressing a threat of sea plastic pollution.
SPAR UK has been part of the WRAP UK Plastics Act since 2018. The WRAP UK Plastics Act is a collaborative initiative that brings together suppliers and retail businesses from across the entire plastics value chain with the UK government, NGOs and trade organisations to tackle plastic waste. This demonstrates SPAR’s clear commitment to reducing the use of plastics. Since SPAR UK joined the UK Plastics Act, over 524 tonnes of virgin plastic have been removed.
SPAR UK incorporated various practices to reduce plastic waste in their own brand products including:
Through additional 2025 commitments, SPAR UK is striving to eliminate single-use plastic altogether from its own brand range.
Read more about SPAR’s responsible retailing strategy.