SPAR Eastern Cape achieved global recognition for their commitment to reducing plastic pollution when they received an award at the SPAR International Conference last month.
The conference in Amsterdam in the Netherlands went under the banner of the SPAR International Responsible Retailing Forum and brought managers from around the world to share ideas and best-practice examples.
SPAR EC managing director Conrad Isaac accepted the award on behalf of the company and said it was gratifying to have received such recognition.
He was quick to add, though, that their Stop Plastic campaign, which was launched in April to eliminate the single-use of plastic bags, was not about earning awards.
“Our mission is to create awareness about the dangers to the environment of plastic pollution,” he said.
“We are doing this because it is the right thing to do. I equate it to playing sport – if you play well, the scoreboard will take care of itself.
“So this campaign is not about awards but about playing the game well and we feel are on the right track.”
Isaac was referring to the fact that from the launch of the Stop Plastic campaign on April 6 until the end of September they had sold three million fewer plastic bags than over the same period last year.
“If you had asked me before our campaign started what we would achieve, I would never have expected to reach a number of three million.
“So that is really encouraging and