Shoprite to Reward Recyclable Bag Reuse
South Africa’s biggest supermarket chain, Shoprite Holdings has joined domestic rivals in efforts to curb plastic pollution. Shoprite Holdings mentioned that it will start paying customers for reusing its newly introduced recyclable bag.
Shoprite decided to take this step after Pick n Pay said it had removed all plastic straws from checkouts and will soon completely phase them out from cold-drink kiosks and replace them with paper straws, joining a growing number of companies that have said they will do away with disposable plastic straws.
Even Woolworths Holdings which is a chain department store mentioned it will remove single-use plastic bags from one of its stores during a six-month trial period.
Shoprite said every time a customer reuses its new 100 percent recycled and recyclable plastic bag, which retails for 3 Rand, at Shoprite and Checkers stores, they will get 50 cents off their grocery.
Supermarkets have come under increased pressure to cut their use of plastic as images of littered oceans and beaches become commonplace, shocking both consumers and shareholders.
Shoprite said in a statement that rewarding customers is their way of reducing plastic waste.
Changing consumer behavior by rewarding customers for re-using bags is a critical part of the retailer’s efforts to reduce plastic waste
The United Nations Environment Program estimates that some 8 million tonnes of plastic are dumped into the ocean every year endangering marine life and compromising the ocean ecosystem.
South African supermarkets have also come under increased pressure to cut their use of plastic, now images of littered oceans and beaches become commonplace.
To reduce littering and discourage customers from buying them, people should implement the three Rs Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
Recycling starts at home but many people just can’t be bothered. There are also many people out there who would recycle if they knew how to.