SPAR Zimbabwe is offering a reusable SPAR carrier bag made from recycled SPAR UHT Milk cartons.
The carrier bag is produced entirely by hand by the Clean Marondera (CM) group, a community-based voluntary organisation working with the Environmental Management Agency (EMA), Marondera Municipality, and the Marondera community.
The cartons are taken from recycling collection points, cut, flattened, and cleaned thoroughly to remove any milk remains.
They are then dried, fitted and crocheted together using hands. Each bag uses nine cartons.
SPAR Zimbabwe launched the initiative in conjunction with EMA earlier in the year, as part of its ongoing drive to address the problem of litter.
They are currently working with a local manufacturer to reduce the costs of producing paper carrier bags locally.
Shamiso Pfumayaramba, the coordinator of SPAR Zimbabwe’s CSR portfolio had this to say:
Every time you choose to refuse a plastic bag, you are helping to reduce the use of plastic in the world. It’s a tiny step, but every step in the right direction counts.
… People are keen to do their part to help reduce plastic pollution, but often the much lower price of a plastic carrier bag is the deciding factor in our current economy.
We hope to find an affordable, plastic-free alternative soon. People want to be involved.
Saying no to single-use plastic is a small but tangible way for them to make an active choice for the environment.
Last month EMA said the use of plastic carrier bags will be banned by December 2022, with retail outlets urged to find environment-friendly alternatives.
The ban is meant to protect the environment from plastic bag pollution as they are not biodegradable.