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According to Nqobile Dludla from SA People, the chain said on Tuesday that they would discount 50 cents every time a customer shops with the reusable bag.
The bags are available at Shoprite and Checkers till points for R3 each and are made from 100% recycled plastic. The new bags are 70 microns, meaning they are stronger and will last much longer than the standard 24-micron bags.
A short blurb on their website reads:
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.
The Shoprite Group has launched reusable bags. They cost you R3 but you get 50c off your shopping every time you re-use the bags. This is a completely novel approach to the plastic bag epidemic. Whatcha think? https://t.co/oesTFkjor8
— Shan Herd-Hoare (@shanherdhoare) October 23, 2018
Back in 2013, Shoprite became the first South African store to introduce reusable bags in the hopes that consumers will focus on ways to reduce their plastic waste.
Thanks to their initiative, more than 7000 tons of plastic waste have been diverted from landfills. The company aims to reduce the packaging materials used for their fresh fruits and vegetables as well.
Plastic pollution remains a concern. A study conducted among participants in Europe found that plastic particles are now making their way into our food.
Some netizens aren’t too impressed with Shoprite’s initiative and shared their thoughts on Twitter. A user known as Skydweller said, “Imagine getting 50c off your R4k grocery bill.” He added the ‘facepalm emoji’ for good measure.
Use water dispenser and a reusable water bottle. Shop with a shopping bag. Shoprite sells some. Use a reusable coffee mug like that sold at Starbucks..
That is me in a nutshell..
— Esther Agbarakwe (@estherclimate) June 28, 2018
Another user said the reusable bags are too weak and tear easily. Sonia added that she would like to know what happens to the money from the bag sales.
Ann Marie joked that there’s no point in having a reusable bag if “you forget it every time you go to Shoprite.”
Not all the feedback was that harsh, though. Adiya said that education and awareness are essential and Ester Agbarakwe urged her followers to use reusable bags, water bottles and coffee mugs.
Christine Clarke added:
“This is an excellent idea. Our family already brings reusable bags to stores, refuses bags at counters & periodically drives plastic bags (incl from product packaging) over to Shoprite bins for recycling. As a state, we can all do more to keep plastic out of landfills & oceans.”
"The 100% recyclable plastic ‘planet’ bags retail for R3 each, but every time a customer re-uses the bag they will receive 50 cents off their grocery purchase, the group said."https://t.co/xXNLhvSTPG
— Awake Online (@awakeonlineSA) October 24, 2018