Doing away with plastic
Midlands Mall stores get ready to drop plastic shopping bags
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