Shoprite and Checkers reward customers every time they re-use recycled bags
The Shoprite Group, the only national retailer with a verified 100% recycled shopping bag in all its stores, has announced that it will now be rewarding customers for using their newly introduced “planet” bags in both Shoprite and Checkers stores.
Made from 100% recycled and recyclable plastic, the bigger and stronger “planet” bags retail for R3 each, but every time a customer re-uses the bag, they get 50c off their grocery purchase. It is 70 microns (compared to the 24 microns for standard 24? plastic bags) and will last for many shopping trips.
Changing consumer behavior by rewarding customers for re-using bags is a critical part of the retailer’s efforts to reduce plastic waste. In 2013 the Shoprite Group became the first South African retailer to introduce recycled and recyclable plastic shopping bags in its Checkers stores. Today these are available at all Checkers, Shoprite and Usave stores nationally.
In the past year, the Group sold 700 million plastic bags made from 100% post-consumer recycled material, diverting 7 000 tons of plastic from landfill.
With an estimated 2 million bags thrown away every minute globally, and with just 5% of people re-using their shopping bags, the Shoprite Group is committed to cleaning up the planet while creating new consumer behaviour and saving customers money.
The Group has a zero waste-to-landfill approach and is committed to reducing waste in its operations.
To this end, it has:
- Recycled 3 225 tons of plastic and 26 859 tons of cardboard
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