Pick n Pay (PnP) will soon roll out its new budget green ‘People n Planet’ reusable bag at the national level after a successful trial with customers earlier this year. The bag is expected to be in all stores by mid-October, as per a report in Capetownetc.com. The grocery store partnered with Coca-Cola and Unilever, two companies that are also implementing waste reduction initiatives, to sell the first one million green ‘People n Planet’ reusable bags for only R4 per bag. This will make it one of the lowest-priced reusable bags made from recycled plastic to date in South Africa. The bag’s low price is all the more remarkable given that should it ever break, Pick n Pay will replace it for free, as per the media reports.
The green People n Planet reusable bag was initially sold for R5 per bag and trialled in 22 stores in February 2019 to gauge customer willingness to purchase an affordable reusable bag as an alternative to a plastic carrier bag. More than 11500 bags were sold during the one-month trial, which resulted in a reduction in plastic bag sales across the pilot stores when compared to the same period last year. This demonstrates that customers are willing to make responsible choices if the right options are available to them at the right price, Suzanne Ackerman- Berman, transformation director at Pick n Pay was quoted as saying. Made from green recycled PET bottles, the reusable bag promotes the circular economy by turning post-consumer primary packaging (plastic bottles) into secondary packaging (reusable bags). Residents can look forward to purchasing their very own People n Planet bags soon.