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Spar Zimbabwe launched a paper carrier bag in place of the commonly used plastic bags at Spar Borrowdale. The event was organised by SPAR and Miracle Missions Trust and supported by the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) on the 14th of July 2018.
Plastic bags are usually single use, non-biodegradable, have a slow rate of decomposition, are sources of "micro plastic" particles s, which is vastly present in many n water bodies and can clog sewer reticulation systems resulting in constant sewer burst. Paper bags on the other hand, are biodegradable, made from renewable sources and are easily recyclable.
The theme for the 2018 World Environment Day Commemoration was “Beat Plastic Pollution”, and its aim was to reduce pollution emanating from plastic packaging. As a result, various organisations have employed the voluntary instruments of environmental management and took it upon themselves to reduce plastic in their businesses. Spar Zimbabwe is one such entity in the retail sector which has shown responsibility in this regard by launching a paper carrier bag.
A bunny showcases the paper carrier bag during the launch.
SPAR Zimbabwe Marketing Manager, Louise McAllister addresses the audience durng the launch
EMA Communications Officer, Joyce Chapungu gives some remarks during the launch
Officials from Spar Zimbabwe, Miracle Missions Trust and EMA pose for a group photo showcasing the paper carrier bags.