After the successful move of switching off single-use plastic carrier bags at checkout counters in B.I.G., we are uniting under a new initiative to eliminate single-use plastic bags from its fresh fruits and vegetables areas and introducing the use of reusable mesh bags to eventually replace the plastic produce rolls that customers frequently use for weighed products.
Starting January 1, 2021, we encourage our customers bring their own reusable mesh/produce bag to carry their fresh produce and be rewarded with 50 BITES points.
Single-use plastics or disposable plastics have a severely detrimental effect to our environment and its ecosystem and Malaysia is unfortunately, a major contributor of single-use plastics. A study conducted by WWF stated in terms of plastic waste, Malaysia ranks the second-highest in Southeast Asia in overall generated waste. According to the Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association (MPMA), the average Malaysian uses 300 plastic bags per year.
This initiative is a part of The Food Purveyor flagship environmental sustainability goal “Plastic Free by 2023” that aims to eliminate all single-use plastic from our business operation before the end of 2023. Join us in this initiative and support our mission towards Plastic Free by 2023!
Note: From 1 January 2021, B.I.G. no longer reward 20 BITES points for grocery carrier bag.
Additional Points for BITES Members
To foster a more sustainable way of shopping and further reduce single-use plastics, we are rewarding BITES members with 50 BITES points when they bring and use their reusable produce bags for your fresh produce.
If you are not a member yet, download the app now on Apple and Android and sign up to start enjoying great benefits!
About The Food Purveyor Plastic Free by 2023:
In January 2020, we launched our “Plastic Free by 2023” pledge to eradicate our introduced single-use plastic from our Retail operations. Today we have already made great strides to reduce plastic packaging around our produce, have replaced the plastic with organic equivalents for meat and fish trays, and are on course for ceasing single-use plastic bags in B.I.G. and Village Grocer saving the dispersion of over 20 million single-use plastic bags a year
About The Food Purveyor Environment, Sustainability and Governance (ESG) Goals:
Committed to a Better Future
The Food Purveyor is committed to supporting environmental sustainability, social responsibility and effective corporate governance in all that we do. We take these responsibilities seriously and our commitment exhibits through the 3 impact goals that guide us in how we conduct our business whilst giving back to the community and environment we operate in.
Impact Goal 1: Reduce Single-use Packaging
Impact Goal 2: Reduce Food Waste
Impact Goal 3: Support Underserved and Vulnerable Communities
What’s In Store
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