Jumping on the world trend of recycling Shoprite and Checkers have just announced their new shopping bags.
Grocery shopping is a necessity nowadays. These two retail giants are the first to launch 100% recycled and recyclable plastic bags.
The catch? They will cost consumers R3,00 each. A pretty hefty price tag you may think for a single bag.
However, every time you reuse their bags at any store you will get 50c off your shopping. Adding that up – The average shopper needs 3 bags per shop, reuse those bags every time and quickly you will begin to see the saving.
Shoprite and Checkers believe their new plastic bags will last for many shopping trips.
A statistic you may be surprised by is only 5% of people reuse their shopping bags and an astonishing 2 million bags are thrown away every minute.
This move by the two retailers hopes to change consumer behavior by rewarding customers for reusing their shopping bags, doubling as an attempt to help save the environment.
The bags are made of vegetable matter, such as maize and potato starch, and will break down after three to six months depending on conditions.
Another eye-watering stat is that the Shoprite Inc group sold 700 million plastic bags last year. The company was the first in South Africa to introduce recycled and recyclable plastic shopping bags.
Looking for a quick way to save on your grocery shopping? This may be it. Also, having peace of mind that you are doing your part in saving the environment.
A step in the right direction? Let us know what you think.