The 20 sen story
CURRENTLY, many retailers use the 20 sen collected from sales of plastic bags towards green causes.
For leading retailer AEON, the money collected goes to the AEON Green Fund which supports the company’s environmental and corporate social responsibility activities.
Projects under the Green Fund include:
– Reforestation and rehabilitation of an orangutan sanctuary at North Ulu Segama, Lahad Datu, Sabah, in collaboration with WWF-Malaysia and Sabah Forestry Department
– Conservation work at Bidong Island, and a beach clean-up at Pantai Batu Burok (both in Terengganu)
– Tree planting activities at Bidor, Perak, and
– Special reusable shopping bags in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
It was also reported that retailer 99 Speedmart had contributed RM1mil to the Shah Alam City Council and Klang Municipal Council to clean up the Klang River.
The Giant chain of hypermarkets and supermarkets also uses the money collected from dispensing plastic bags for its “Sentuhan Hijau” (Green Touch) environmental campaign.