By Sam Blanchard For Mailonline
Published: 14:22 BST, 1 October 2019 | Updated: 15:51 BST, 1 October 2019
Replacing single-use plastics with compostable alternatives or paper or wood is not the answer to environmental problems, Greenpeace has warned.
Companies including Marks & Spencer, Pret A Manger and Sainsbury's have all launched initiatives to try and cut how much plastic they use.
But the campaign group branded these 'false solutions' and said it was 'grotesque' that using wood and paper wastes trees, while compostable materials often end up in general rubbish.
Instead, supermarkets and cafes should be trying to use fully reusable items like metal cutlery, refillable bags and unpackaged foods.
Greenpeace said companies introducing compostable plastic bags, such as the one pictured, from the Co-op, was as bad as carrying on with normal plastic bags because they so often end up in landfill or an incinerator
'Companies swapping single-use plastic for other throwaway items need to think again,' said Greenpeace's Fiona Nicholls.
'We can’t carry on using up land or chopping down forests to make cutlery, cups or packaging that gets used for a matter of moments, and could pollute our planet for hundreds of years to come. It’s grotesque.
'Businesses like supermarkets and cafes must switch to a reuse and refill model.
'That means metal cutlery, proper cups, water refill stations, and selling products in