Making Finnish supermarkets ‘greener’ with the reusable shopping bag made from recycled fibres

British fabric manufacturer Carrington Textiles and Finnish textile rental service Lindström have joined forces to run a project of reusable shopping bags aiming to reduce the number of plastics used in supermarkets.

The REMO Bags Project was developed in 2018 as part of a commitment from both companies to reduce the amount of textile product being landfilled. According to the European Commission the EU textile industry generates waste estimated at 16 millions tons per year. Much of this waste is thrown in landfills or incinerated, with a high environmental impact and at great cost.

The scheme recycles Lindström’s old garments into Carrington’s Arden 260 which is then used to make reusable shopping bags. The bags can be ‘rented’ in the supermarkets supporting the project and swapped for a new clean one when it needs washing or repairing. This way the product can continue its life cycle and avoid being wasted.

Arden 260 is a part of Carrington Textiles’ new Balance Range, a choice of eco-friendly fabrics based on greener and more advanced technologies, based on recycled materials and sustainable sources.

Key drivers for this ground-breaking service have been the shift in the consumers’ mindset towards renting over buying and caring for the planet through more effective usage of natural resources.

The REMO bag project is a step towards an effective circular economy and repurpose of textile waste.

The name ‘REMO’ originates from the REMO Key Recycle Movement, a unique and independent guarantee of recycled content in the end product providing exact information about the item’s origin, footprint calculations and the precise percentage of its recycled content.

Jonathan McKendry, Sales Manager at Carrington Textiles said: ‘We are taking our commitment to the environment very seriously, and being able to join efforts with our customers for sustainable projects like this needs to be replicated more and more in our industry to lessen our impact on the planet’.

The REMO Bag project has been running for two years now in Finland and it has placed thousands of the sustainable bags in over 20 stores across the Baltic country.

Lindström Product Manager, Elina Harjanne, said: ‘We are excited to run this project alongside Carrington Textiles. We are always looking for innovative and more sustainable solutions for our operations and the REMO bag is a great example of taking one step towards a full circular journey of textiles’.

According to Lindström, this forward thinking initiative has managed to save the use of around two million plastic bags, estimating to increase this number to around seven million this year.

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