Beyond paper straws, grocery stores look to limit plastic waste - plastic film packaging
Recently, the Métro family announced that they will be the first large grocery chain in the country to allow customers to bring their own reusable packaging containers.
The policy applies only to the province of Quebec and entered into force on April 22.
While other grocers may soon announce similar news, this benchmark policy clearly sets a precedent.
A good decision in Quebec
But this approach does come with its share of risk.
The Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries of Quebec gave blessings and allowed this to happen.
Previously, retailers were fully responsible for the safety of food supplied or sold by the store and refused to fill containers they did not own, so the responsibility fell entirely on them.
It is now the responsibility of both parties, m é and clients.
However, the container must be normal and neutral with no bar code and logo.
The container must be thoroughly cleaned and not damaged in any way.
The use of glass containers is prohibited due to handling risks.
The clerk at the grocery store must ensure that there is no risk of contamination and verify the cleanliness of all containers.
Simple, right? For food safety, Métro is really looking for a moral contract with the customer.
First, pathogens are usually invisible.
Grocery shop assistants often work under pressure and there is no doubt that they will not be able to know if the containers are clean.
They need to accept the customer's confidence in his or her ability to clean the container.
In turn, store clerks need to be well trained in handling containers of all sizes and must serve the public politely while also making sure that the counter and the display counter are not crossed
Containers or food to be sold soon.
The accident will happen soon.
Also, it's interesting to see how to deal with scenario conflicts.
Customers who buy plastic-
Reduce the games to fill their containers.
However, if their containers are rejected at the time of service, these situations will require some diplomacy and consideration.
All Metro needs is a disgruntled customer, only one customer, who will go to social media to express his displeasure at salad bar's rejection of containers, and then Metro's entire event will
If it does not happen in the first month, it will be shocking.
Therefore, as a business, Métro takes some risks by implementing such policies.
Risk aside, Métro made the right decision.
They are the first, which is significant in the industry, especially when dealing with environmental issues.
Over the past few years, plastic has become the "number one enemy" and grocery stores and other food industry experts have had a hard time finding fast solutions for packaging and plastics.
Replacing straws, bags and utensils is more distracting than anything.
With this new policy, Métro will touch the heart of the problem: plastic packaging.
Plastic has played an important role in the food industry for decades, as it is a cheap solution to protect food safety.
Whether we like it or not, plastic gives us convenience.
But with the introduction of the new policy, Metello believes that environmental management is now more important for consumers than food safety.
At the very least, in the eyes of their customer base, they assume that both are equal.
Consumers have expressed concerns for several years, so it's not surprising to see large grocery stores and other independent retailers at the forefront of reusable packaging.
Metero is embracing the first era of reusable packaging.
It won't end here. far from it.
In fact, it's not surprising to see other grocery stores rolling out reusable products --
Package the envelope further.
The next step will be the solution, from reusable packaging in consignment, sharing across supply chains, to packaged packaging for a variety of foods.
These technologies do exist.
But there are still some problems.
We have been spoiled by convenience for many years and only time can prove whether many of us are willing to give up the pursuit of simple repairs provided by plastic.