The earth faces a serious threat from waste caused by single-use plastics. There’s 300 million tonnes of plastic produced every year, which is equivalent to the weight of the entire human population. Recognizing the imminent threat of single-use plastics to the environment, The Food Purveyor (TFP) aims to be completely single-use plastic free by the end of 2023.
In 2019, TFP gave out 4 million plastic carrier bags, 13 million pieces of plastic packaging for fresh produce, and 6 million plastic trays for fish and meat. The company acknowledges that this contributes to the current problem and is committed to eliminate its single-use plastics in stores.
With Malaysia being one of the biggest culprits, ranking 8th among the top 10 countries in the world for plastic consumption and producing 0.95 million tonnes of mismanaged plastic waste, the company behind Village Grocer and Ben’s Independent Grocer (B.I.G.) wants to be a catalyst in encouraging suppliers and customers to join the cause for sustainable packaging across Malaysia.
Today, both Village Grocer and B.I.G. are launching a full range of multi-use eco-bags together with a RM0.20 “thank you” reward to customers each time they bring reusable bags to carry their purchases home. The reward is paid out as 20 points from its BITES loyalty program.
“Environmental sustainability is an issue affecting everyone and as a company we want to play our part by taking proactive steps to ensure that we eliminate single-use plastic packaging whilst not compromising our products’ quality and freshness ” said Geoff King, Chief Executive Officer of TFP.
Additionally. TFP is also converting all bakery packaging to recycled paper, reducing the amount of cling wrapped fruits and vegetables and using alternative produce packaging such as banana leaves, brown paper and cardboard boxes. The company also plans to introduce more eco-friendly items into its stores such as reusable straws, tumblers and reusable mesh bags.