SPAR Slovenia receives IFCO Sustainability Certificate

May 12, 2021 IN THE CATEGORY: Awards and prizes, Environment, Responsible retailing

As part of its efforts to ensure a sustainable production chain, SPAR Slovenia has received a 2020 Sustainability Certificate from IFCO Systems, a leading supplier of reusable plastic food containers.

Environmental awareness is a priority for SPAR Slovenia, reflected in state-of-the-art technologies and eco-friendly equipment instore. In addition, SPAR Slovenia is seeking to reduce plastic waste by using biodegradable materials and ensuring packaging material is reusable.

Within the ‘Together for Less Plastics’ project, SPAR Slovenia is working towards a circular economy for its packaging materials without producing new waste. To decrease the amount of unnecessary waste instore, SPAR facilitates purchases without packaging or with returnable packaging.

SPAR Slovenia also ensures sustainable operations in the supply chain by using reusable plastic containers from IFCO to transport and display fresh produce.

The returnable boxes help reduce waste, CO2 emissions, and water consumption while ensuring proper product storage and protection.

Recently, SPAR Slovenia obtained the IFCO Sustainability Certificate for 2020, which awards the saving of natural resources and the reduction of waste by using returnable crates. Thanks to this approach, SPAR Slovenia last year cut:

  • CO2 emissions comparable to the emission of 279 cars;
  • an amount of water equivalent to 188,133 five-minute showers;
  • the energy equivalent of 15,951 light bulbs burning for one year;
  • the equivalent of 71,886 meals in food that could be damaged during transport.

Source: SPAR Slovenia

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About SPAR Slovenia

SPAR Slovenia, operated by ASPIAG (Austria SPAR International AG), was founded in 1991. ASPIAG is a subsidiary of SPAR Austria AG. SPAR has become a key employer in the country. A Distribution Centre, bakery, and corporate-owned stores provide employment opportunities.

SPAR Slovenia operates three store formats: SPAR, SPAR Supermarkets, and INTERSPAR Hypermarkets. The brand is one of the most trusted companies in the country. Nielsen research has placed SPAR first in terms of freshness, quality, and range. The SPAR Bakery has played a vital role in the overall fresh offer in Slovenia and has received excellent customer feedback.