Apr 5, 2017

Reduce Waste Thru' Less Pointless Paper Bags

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I live opposite a Greggs and most people who buy a pasty or a sausage roll there do the following.


1. Leave shop with item in a paper bag.

2. Eat item while crossing road.

3. Throw away the paper bag on pavement.


Why do Greggs not ask them whether they would prefer to just have the sausage roll or pasty in their hand. It would save Greggs money on using less paper bags and it would stop the street being covered in rubbish.



Apr 14, 2017

While the suggestion above would reduce the amount of paper used, it would no doubt fall foul of basic food hygiene standards. Expecting people to hold food with bare unwashed hands would be a great way of spreading germs (not to mention the greasy mess people would spread everywhere)! That said, I have seen other places where take away food that's meant to be eaten straight away is wrapped in a small sheet of paper just big enough to just hold the pastry. Obviously this would also get thrown away as soon as it is eaten, but it would at least be a lot less paper wasted per item.


I do also wonder what paper Greggs use for their bags - is it recycled paper? How long does it take to degrade?

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