Retail group SPAR South Africa is on a sustainability journey to eliminate problematic and unnecessary plastic, and to design new packaging that is recyclable or reusable.
Sustainable packaging has been rolled out for certain SPAR Own Brand products, in line with the company’s short-term focus on the 10 categories that deliver 80% of SPAR’s house brand volumes.
“The two-litre milk cartons used for extra shelf-life milk are 100% recyclable and made from 87% renewably sourced material. The reverse of the pack includes information about a circular economy and how shoppers can assist with recycling,” SPAR says.
They are also committed to having 100% of plastic packaging which is reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025.
“SPAR is one of the founding members of the South African Plastics Pact. The Pact aims to create a circular economy that drives investment in infrastructure, supports livelihoods and keeps our environment free of plastic pollution.”
Another way SPAR South Africa is looking to keep the environment free from harmful pollution is the introduction of a new non-toxic, odourless, and eco-friendly firelighter. The product is suitable for indoor fires, barbecues and is made using dung sourced from rhinoceros. Each box purchased will see a contribution made their our behalf to the Zululand Rhino Orphanage.
Braais are a popular South African pastime, and SPAR South Africa is a leader in the outdoor category, contributing SAR72.9 million to the segment (Insight SCAN; 12 months; June 21), there is therefore great potential for this product.
SPAR South Africa not only focuses on introducing more sustainable packaging, but they are actively reducing plastic and plastic waste. Carrier bags sold in SPAR stores nationwide are made from 100% recycled materials and are 100% recyclable. This switch ensures that approximately 4,000 tonnes of plastic waste are diverted from landfills every year, resulting in a 40% reduction in its carbon footprint.
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