Retailer Meijer’s small-format grocery store Woodward Corner Market has removed single-use plastic and paper bags.

The move is part of the company’s plan to encourage sustainable practices, eliminate waste and improve recycling.

The new Meijer grocery store will open on 29 January and will become the company’s first store in the Midwest to offer sustainable bags.

The alternative bags can be used up to 125 times.

A part of the commitment, the new store has encouraged its customers to bring their own reusable bags when shopping.

The store will continue to offer two different types of bags, including a $0.10 bag made with 80% post-consumer recycled content and a $1 bag with 80% post-consumer and 20% pre-consumer recycled content.

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Both bags are 100% recyclable and customers are encouraged to dispose of them through the plastic bag recycling containers at the store.

Meijer president and CEO Rick Keyes said: “We see more customers taking advantage of reusable bags available at all of our stores, so the opening of Woodward Corner Market provides a great opportunity to promote this option from the beginning.

“We will continue to look for ways to promote the use of reusable bags and reduce single-use plastics at all of our locations.”

Woodward Corner Market neighbourhood grocery store offers fresh food in a market-like setting.

In addition, the new 41,000ft2 store will offer products from Meijer and national brands, including 2,000 local artisan items.