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Massy Stores CEO distributes reusable bags

Published: 
Sunday, July 8, 2018
Massy Stores marketing manager Anthony Choo Quan distributes reusable bags in St Augustine.

Massy Stores chief executive officer Derek Winford recently continued the distribution of reusable bags to members of the public at the Gulf View and St Augustine Stores.

The reusable bags are part of Massy Stores’ thrust to “Get to Green” which limits the number of plastic in usage at its grocery chain across the region.

The campaign branded with the hashtags #LetsAllDoOurPart and #BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) aims to make the public more aware about the harmful effects of plastics and minimise its use as it adversely affects our environment, marine and wildlife.

Addressing the media at the Gulf View store, Winford said it is all part of the company’s thrust to become more environmentally aware and reduce the reliance on plastics.

“We give away 34 million plastic bags every year and it really has to stop, so we have decided to use reusable bags.

“We intend to give away 80,000 reusable bags which we believe is a good base to stop using plastic bags. We are asking members of the public to help us reduce plastic usage and plastic consumption in the country since we know of the damage it has been causing via the Internet and social media,” he said.

Winford said this is one of the first steps that the company has taken to reduce the amount of plastic, while ensuring that their actions match their words.

The distribution of reusable bags began on June 5 – World Environment Day at Massy Stores in Maraval and will continue at their other locations.

The reusable bags will be sold at $10 and $12 at all Massy Store locations with several in-store promotions being conducted, such as buy one get one free and allowing those customers who spend over $500 to get a free reusable bag.

On July 3, Plastic Bag Free Day, Massy Stores implemented a 50- cent fee for disposable plastic bags as a deterrent.

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