Bimbo Canada switches from plastic tags to compostable bread bag clips

The move is expected to help reduce the company’s single-use plastics by around 200 metric tonnes annually

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Bimbo Canada has taken a step towards achieving a circular economy by switching from using plastic bread bag tags to compostable cardboard clips.

The rollout of the environmentally-friendly bread bag clips is expected to be completed by June 2022 and help reduce the company’s single-use plastics by around 200 metric tonnes annually.

The bread tags are made from 100% recycled cardboard and are compostable in municipal systems across Canada with curbside organics pickup or local drop-off.

They have been tested over repeated use cycles at room, refrigerator and freezer temperatures to ensure the clips keep products fresh until the last bite, with the biodegradable process taking 84 days.

The initiative supports Bimbo Canada’s goal of ensuring 100% of its packaging is recyclable, biodegradable or compostable.

Joe McCarthy, President of Bimbo Canada said: “It’s important we lead change and be responsible stewards of the environment and the communities that we live and work in by delivering results.

“This announcement helps us fulfil our commitment to Nourish A Better World through sustainable business practices and helps us to inspire others to do the same. All changes, big or small, make an impact.”