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Schnucks Markets, Inc. has added a new twist to its reusable bags via an interior liner made with the antimicrobial Microban, which the company says will reduce odors and stains that result from bacteria accumulation and thus keep the bags cleaner and fresher for a longer period.
Schnucks category manager Justin Leazer explains: “Once our customers take the bags home, the bags often take on additional uses such as lunch bags, book bags or even gym bags. While the older bags could be washed and disinfected, this bag offers built-in protection to keep the bag cleaner for longer.”
That said, Leazer also warns that while the Microban-lined bags offer more protective aspects than their first-generation counterparts, it’s not a substitute for cleaning, nor is it a substitute for protection against foodborne illnesses.
The new bags, which sport brightly colored produce art and colorful handles and go for the same price as the earlier versions, measure 13.5 inches high by 12 inches wide by 8 inches deep. Made of 100 percent woven polypropylene —a material commonly found in the health care, packaging and floor-covering industries — the bags are lightweight and durable, recyclable and reusable, resistant to corrosion, hypoallergenic, and nontoxic.
The new bags follow other sustainable strides made by the St. Louis-based regional grocer, which last year earned a Black Pearl food safety award from the International Food Protection Association (IAFP). In 2004, Schnucks, which operates 106 stores (including five Logli stores) and 103 pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Tennessee and Mississippi, became the first retailer in the Midwest to introduce the concept of sanitation wipes at the cart corrals and meat counters and liquids for check lanes. For nearly 20 years, the company has experimented with various types of reusable bags and moved from canvas bags to the easier-to-clean polypropylene version in 2007.