Commencing next Monday, May 6, Coreas Food Mart will give each customer a free reusable bag on the purchase of EC$50 or more in goods.
Every time a customer reuses the reusable bag, the customer will get a chance to participate in a monthly raffle, the company said in a press statement.
“We will continue to bag our customers’ purchases. However, we will make a concerted effort to reduce the use of plastic bags.”
Coreas Distribution Ltd., owners of the food mart, said they are “joining the fight to stop the destruction of our environment and save our planet from the pending destruction.
“We are, therefore, appealing to our customers to join the effort to create a greener St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” the press statement said.
The company said reusable bags will also be available for purchase at cost price.
“We look forward to the support and cooperation of our customers in our effort to reduce the number of plastic bags we put in the environment, by using our reusable bags. Go Green with Coreas Distribution Ltd and help us to save the environment. Our action is in keeping with global trends for the protection of our planet.”
The press statement said:
“Our oceans and rivers are polluted and our landfill is overcrowded with plastic bottles and bags which are either non-degradable, or take several years to degrade. These bags are harmful to the environment and to our very existence.
“It is estimated that over five trillion plastic bags are discarded every year. It is also estimated that one person can eliminate more than 20,000 plastic bags from the environment in a lifetime, by using only reusable bags.”
Coreas has become the second grocery outlet in St. Vincent and the Grenadines to announce an effort to reduce the number of plastic bags used.
In May 2018, Massy Stores announced that in July of that year, it would introduce a charge for plastic bags issued to its customers.