Do­ing away with plas­tic

Mid­lands Mall stores get ready to drop plas­tic shop­ping bags

Weekend Witness - - News - NOMPILO KUNENE

AS Lib­erty Mid­lands Mall gears up to dump plas­tic shop­ping bags as part of the grow­ing move­ment from plas­tic to re-us­able bags, shop­pers will need to think about what they will use to carry their shop­ping home.

By Jan­uary next year, the mall will no longer of­fer plas­tic bags to cus­tomers.

Many store man­agers at the lo­cal mall wel­comed the news but some raised con­cerns about hav­ing to find al­ter­na­tives for the com­monly-used and rel­a­tive­ly­cheap plas­tic bags.

Check­ers man­ager Mark Reddy said they were still brain­storm­ing ideas for a more en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly al­ter­na­tive that is also con­ve­nient for their shop­pers who don’t come in with their own pack­ets to buy groceries.

Mr Price Sport’s man­ager, Joey Ajo­di­a­per­sath, said they had re­layed the news of do­ing away with plas­tic bags to their head of­fices and were still wait­ing for feed­back on what the plan is mov­ing for­ward. “I am su­per ex­cited about this change and I am all for it.

“Our plas­tic bags are cur­rently free, but we do have re-us­able ma­te­rial Mr Price shop­ping bags that cus­tomers can opt to buy,” said Ajo­di­a­per­sath.

Sev­eral other stores at the mall said the change will not af­fect them much as they were al­ready us­ing more en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly al­ter­na­tives.

Sizwe Mbatha, man­ager at Bog­art Man, said since they started op­er­at­ing at the mall in De­cem­ber, they have used Hay­ley Gray holds up a sam­ple packet of her biodegrad­able bag. pa­per bags. “When we got the e-mail about this change from the mall’s man­age­ment we were ac­tu­ally happy about this ini­tia­tive and I feel like it’s long over­due,” said Mbatha.

Natasha Ruthanum, from The Body Shop, said they too have al­ways used pa­per bags.

“All our prod­ucts, in­clud­ing the bot­tles and other pack­ages for our prod­ucts, are biodegrad­able and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly,” she said.

Debra Markhan, ad­min man­ager at Dis-Chem Phar­macy, said they still sold plas­tic bags but re­cently in­tro­duced ma­te­rial re-us­able car­rier bags be­cause their cus­tomers were ask­ing for them.

“Some cus­tomers re­fused to get the


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