BreadTalk is charging 10 cents for every carrier bag – and it’s testing out new bags that fit 3 breads at once

The company said it hopes to halve stores’ use of small plastic bags.
The Straits Times

Note: a previous version of this story listed the start date for plastic bag charges as Nov 5. It is Nov 15.

In a bid to save the environment, bakery chain BreadTalk is charging 10 cents for carrier bags, and will start using plastic bags that can hold three bread buns at once.

It is testing this arrangement at its stores in City Square Mall, Funan Mall, Jewel Changi Airport, Marina Bay Sands and Westgate to assess customer response, the company said on Tuesday (Nov 5).

BreadTalk said customers buy an average of two or three buns per transaction, and hopes the new oxo-biodegradable plastic bags can reduce use of carrier bags.

The new plastic bag will degrade when exposed to sunlight, heat, and micro-organisms.

From Nov 15 to Feb 14, the company will also charge customers 10 cents for every plastic carrier bag, which will be donated to the Community Chest.

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