- The Straits Times
Know someone guilty of helping themselves to supermarket plastic bags like its a plastic buffet? This environmentally-unfriendly practice could soon be no more, if NTUC FairPrice’s “No Plastic Bag” trial is successful.
On Wednesday (September 4), the supermarket chain announced that it would be launching a month-long trial at seven of its stores starting September 16.
Under this initiative, FairPrice will not be giving plastic bags at the seven selected FairPrice, Cheers and FairPrice Xpress stores.
Instead, it will charge 20 cents for plastic bags requested per transaction at FairPrice Xtra @ Hougang One, FairPrice Finest @ Zhongshan Park and FairPrice @ Tai Seng.
A 10-cent charge will also be applied for each transaction where plastic bags are requested at three Cheers outlets and one FairPrice Xpress branch at Lorong Chuan.
- NTUC Fair Price
Proceeds from the sale of these plastic bags will go to the Singapore Children’s Society and The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, the company said.
At the same time, it will also run a consumer sentiment survey on plastic bag usage to better understand consumer behaviour and gather feedback on efforts to encourage shoppers to “bring-your-own-bag” (BYOB).
It will also work with not-for-profit group Zero Waste SG’s volunteers to educate customers on the initiative at the stores.
In its statement, FairPrice said these initiatives, together with a newly-launched FairPrice Sustainability Fund, are extensions of the FairPrice Plastic Bag Management Programme that was launched last year.
The programme has a target of saving 30 million plastic bags per year by 2030 through changing internal practices, public education, partnerships and sponsorships.
Its S$1 million FairPrice Sustainability Fund aims to address sustainability and environmental issues through awareness and public education. It will also be used to support innovative ideas and initiatives, and foster strategic partnerships for sustainability goals.
Some of the projects that FairPrice will sponsor include those that tackle waste reduction in Singapore, especially within the consumer-retail industry.
Only registered groups and organisations such as civil societies, tertiary institutions, research institutions, charities and start-ups will be considered for the fund.
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