SPAR Western Cape ups the ante in fighting plastic problem and announces plastic free day

2018-07-02 13:48
At the SPAR 'No Plastic No Problem’ media launch, Robert Brink, Advertising and Promotions Manager SPAR Western Cape and Namibia, Hayley McLellan, Environmental Campaigner Two Oceans Aquarium and Mario Santana, MD SPAR Western Cape and Namibia.

At the SPAR 'No Plastic No Problem’ media launch, Robert Brink, Advertising and Promotions Manager SPAR Western Cape and Namibia, Hayley McLellan, Environmental Campaigner Two Oceans Aquarium and Mario Santana, MD SPAR Western Cape and Namibia.

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In an effort to cut down on single use plastic and address the plastic shopping bag problem endemic to the entire planet, but especially to places close to rivers and the sea, SPAR in the Western Cape and Namibia have actively re-aligned themselves even more assertively in the fight to reduce and eventually stop the sale of plastic shopping bags.Addressing media at the Two Oceans Aquarium this morning, Mario Santana, MD of SPAR Western Cape and Namibia, announced that not one plastic bag will be sold in SPAR stores throughout the Western Cape and Namibia tomorrow, 3 July.

Tomorrow is ‘International Plastic Bag Free Day’. He said that the supermarket group wants to place even more emphasis on finding alternative solutions to the problem of plastic.

“As one of SA’s leading retailers, we have a huge role to play in changing the culture around the use of plastic in-store. It’s no longer a question of if we should add our voice to the global commitment to reduce, reuse and recycle – but how.”

He said that SPAR in the Western Cape and Namibia have invested in a campaign over the past 4 years aimed at reducing the use of plastic bags. 

“Last year, we sold 68,265,000 plastic bags across our stores in the Western Cape. I can say with absolute conviction that this is 68 million reasons why we stand here today committed to helping eradicate the problem.”

Mario Santana [MD, SPAR Western Cape and Namibia].

In addition to this Santana announced the introduction of fully recyclable (8% chalk) bags in Western Cape and Namibian stores. 

This will ensure that any bags sold in SPAR stores will be fully recyclable.

These announcements come on the back of an ongoing commitment to fighting the plastic problem, and an alignment with the efforts of environmental campaigner, Hayley McLellan of the Two Oceans Aquarium. 

It was on the strength of this impassioned campaigner’s appeal that the Western Cape and Namibia division of the SPAR supermarket group launched the “no plastic, no problem” campaign.

The campaign, supported by in-store posters, as well as print and social media, encourages SPAR customers to take ownership of the problem and to stop using the conventional plastic shopping bag altogether. 

In store communication encourages shoppers to: 

  •       Bring your own shopping bag
  •       Buy a SPAR brown paper bag
  •       Buy a SPAR canvas bag
  •       Carry your groceries to your car and pack into your boot
  •       Only as a last option, buy a plastic bag – but please recycle responsibly

McLellan, who also spoke at the announcement, lauds the efforts of a local company such as SPAR in addressing the plastic bag problem.

“As an individual I passionately advocate saying no to plastic shopping bags at every opportunity, and encourage every other citizen to consider the same action.”

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