A new report from Closed Loop Partners offers insights to help guide retailers on effective reusable bag designs, which it says is a key solution as regulations aim to reduce reliance on single-use plastic bags grow in the United States.
The Center for the Circular Economy at Closed Loop Partners and the Consortium to Reinvent the Retail Bag have released a new resource to help retailers adopt reusable bag service models.
The report, Beyond the Plastic Bag, shares key insights and analysis gathered from collaborative reusable bag pilots conducted at select CVS Health, Target, and Walmart stores in Northern California in 2021, as part of the Consortium to Reinvent the Retail Bag’s Beyond the Bag Pilots.
The results show that approximately 100 billion single-use plastic bags are used each year in the United States, most of which end up as waste in landfills and the environment.
Closed Loop Partners says reuse models play an important role in addressing single-use plastic packaging waste, alongside other complementary waste mitigation strategies. As retailers strive to respond to the urgent challenge and address growing plastic bag regulations in the United States, he says the report provides key findings on what drives optimal customer experience and adoption. reuse models.
This collaboration to test and pilot reusable bag solutions across multiple stores is a critical step towards reducing single-use plastic bag waste.
Over the next year, the Consortium to Reinvent the Retail Bag says it will continue to conduct extensive research and market test innovative bag designs and solutions that can reduce plastic bag waste. for single use. These aim to illuminate the viability of the solutions in different contexts, as well as the full potential of the solutions to “bring the goods home” in a more sustainable, accessible and efficient way.
Managing Director of the Center for the Circular Economy at Closed Loop Partners, Kate Daly, said, “Successfully implementing reuse models in the field and accelerating their growth requires unprecedented collaboration. Since 2018, the Center for the Circular Economy has brought competitors together to tackle complex material challenges and advance circular solutions, including reuse.
“This collaboration with the nation’s largest retailers to test and pilot reusable bag solutions across multiple stores is a critical step towards reducing single-use plastic bag waste.
“Iterative testing and data-driven decision-making of reuse systems can help avoid unintended consequences, such as insufficient recovery of reusable packaging or the one-to-one replacement of single-use plastics with ‘reusables’.
“We hope this report on the Beyond the Bag initiative serves as an inspiration to forward-thinking organizations looking to take reuse to the next level. The lessons learned from our pilot projects can guide us towards a future in which the reuse of valuable materials and products in our economy becomes the norm of common sense. »