In line with their efforts to promote sustainability, Lotus's Malaysia is no longer selling or giving away single-use plastic bags at their checkout counters
Formerly known as Tesco Stores (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, the initiative has already been implemented across all 62 Lotus's stores starting 1 July 2021.
Lotus's Penang E-Gate and Lotus's Desa Tebrau in Johor stopped offering single-use plastic bags on 15 June and 17 June respectively, and the remaining 60 Lotus's stores have now also done the same.
Lotus's President Kenneth Chuah has stated that this initiative is aligned with Lotus's Malaysia's parent company, Charoen Pokphand Group (C.P Group)'s sustainability business principles
"Together, we are committed to promoting and conserving the quality of the environment, educating, and fostering engagement in consumer behavioural change for sustainable development."
"This is one of the initiatives that we are taking which is in full support of the state government’s Roadmap to Zero Single-Use Plastics 2018-2030," the President of Lotus's said.
You can now bring your own shopping bags or purchase Lotus's vibrantly coloured green and yellow reusable bags at all their stores
Regardless of whether you use your own reusable bags or Lotus's, you'll be able to claim eight Clubcard points, if you are a member. Once you have accumulated enough points, convert them to cash vouchers, so that you can use them when shopping in Lotus's stores!
Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow has applauded Lotus's efforts, as he believes that this initiative will be a game-changer for the retail industry.
"In our ongoing efforts to achieve a sustainable future for all, we need leaders in the retail industry to lead the way. Lotus's, with its network of 62 stores nationwide, is the largest retailer in the country to embark on this initiative, and we hope that other retailers, big or small, will take notice and make a change just like Lotus's,'' he said.
With the tagline, 'Bring Home Change', Lotus's hopes to show everyone that the simple act of reusing one's bag can bring a big sustainable impact to the environment
The issue with single-use plastic bags is that most of them end up in landfills and oceans, and they can take up to thousands of years for them to decompose. During this process, they break down into microplastics, which are detrimental to animal life as well as the environment.
This is why Lotus's Malaysia has taken the initiative to stop providing single-use plastic bags to customers, and are instead encouraging the use of reusable bags. By eliminating the need for plastic bags in the retail/grocery industry, the nation will be one step closer to achieving sustainability.
Lotus's Malaysia believes that via industry collaboration, we can push this initiative even further, and help the environment for the benefit of the country.
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