ONE of Spain’s best-known supermarkets has ditched plastic carrier bags in favour of sustainable alternatives.

Mercadona, which owns 1636 supermarkets across Spain and Portugal, announced yesterday that single-use plastic bags will no longer be available at its tills.

The Spanish family-run brand will instead offer three alternatives: paper bags, large raffia bags and longer-life plastic bags containing between 50-70% recycled material.

A spokesperson for the company said in support of the ‘circular economy’ the recycled bags use plastic packaging from their own supermarkets.

Social media users hit out at the supermarket’s massive consumption of plastic in their products, including plastic gloves in the bakery section—something which Mercadona responded it was ‘working on’.

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