Plastic-free fruit and veg urged

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An online campaign to get a plastic-free fruit and vegetable section in the Big Co-op in Brodick has taken a step forward.

Barbara I’Anson who led the social media campaign has written to the Co-op after a Facebook post calling for the move received more than 450 comments and many more likes.

As well as reducing the use of plastic, there were suggestions to use paper and reusable net bags for fruit and veg.

In a reply the Co-op manager Liz McLean said: ‘The Co-op regional manager and I are very much aware of the concerns that are being raised by customers on Arran. The strength of feeling is plain to see.

‘Food packaging decisions are not made at store level but I have forwarded on the letter sent by Barbara l’Anson. The Co-op is working hard on this issue and in partnership with our members we can work towards our common goal.’

The request follows a number of environmentally responsible initiatives which are taking place on Arran, among them the Plastic Free accreditation – the first in Scotland – by the campaign group Think About Plastic (TAP).  The accreditation by Surfers against Sewage refers not to the island being plastic free but that various steps are being taken in the fight against single-use plastic.

Arran’s environmental charity Eco Savvy has also been instrumental in introducing a wide range of measures aimed at combating waste, encouraging recycling and upcycling and environmental responsible behavior.

Their initiative known as the Co-op food share, in conjunction with the Brodick Co-op has seen thousands of pounds of food, which would have ordinarily gone to waste, being distributed before it spoils and preventing it unnecessarily going to a landfill.