Shoprite and Checkers to reward customers every time they re-use recycled bags


Shoprite and Checkers customers to get 50c off groceries purchases.

The Shoprite Group is known to be the only national retailer with 100 percent recycled shopping bags in all its stores. The retail group announced that it will be rewarding customers for using their newly introduced ‘planet’ bags in both Shoprite and Checkers stores.

Made from 100 percent recycled and recyclable plastic, the bigger and stronger 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 24ℓ plastic bags and is expected to last for many shopping trips.

The retailer said changing consumer behaviour by rewarding customers for re-using bags was a critical part of their efforts to reduce plastic waste.

In the past year, the group sold 700 million plastic bags made from 100 percent 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 percent of people re-using their shopping bags, the retailer said it was committed to cleaning up the planet while creating new consumer behaviour and saving customers money.

The group said it had a zero-waste-to-landfill approach and was committed to reducing waste in its operations.