SPAR Thailand drives reduction in plastic shopping bags

January 10, 2019 IN THE CATEGORY: Community, Environment, Health, Responsible retailing

SPAR Thailand is driving the reduction of plastic through its nationwide campaign titled 'Let's save nature together'. Through this campaign, not only are shoppers encouraged to use long-life shopping bags and reduce plastic waste, but funds are also being raised to donate cotton bags to hospitals throughout the country.

The campaign comes after BCR, the owner and operator of SPAR in Thailand, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Natural resources and the Environment & Ministry of Public Health to organise sustainability related activities focused on reducing the use of plastic bags. The MoU was signed on 4 December, Thai Environment Day.

SPAR Thailand has also introduced a ‘NO plastic bag day’ instore on the fourth day of each month, starting on 4 January. For every plastic bag, which customers choose not to pack their groceries in, THB 0.20 will be donated to a fund for 13 different Public Benefit Organisations. Customers can also borrow a long-life shopping bag, upon paying a deposit of THB 15, which will be refunded when the bag is returned to any SPAR Supermarket.

Underpinned by its ‘fresh & easy food market’ concept, SPAR Thailand continuously seeks a sustainable means of offering freshness and convenience to its customers.

Source: SPAR Thailand

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About SPAR Thailand

In early 2016, SPAR International granted a licence to Bangchak Retail Company Limited (BCR) to develop and grow the SPAR Brand in Thailand. In its first full year of operation, SPAR Thailand grew from three to 33 stores.

Within its range of brands, in addition to the SPAR portfolio, BCR is expanding the Inthanin Coffee and Lemon Kitchen solutions to support the SPAR forecourt offer. The focus on healthy living through a good offer of ready-to-eat and home-meal-replacement options underpins the convenience solution being developed.