As of July 3, Massy Stores in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and throughout the Caribbean will begin a campaign to discourage the use of single use plastic bags for bagging of groceries at its checkouts, while actively encouraging customers to shop with reusable bags as a more eco-friendly option.

The strategy to reduce plastic waste is part of the Massy group’s broader commitment to becoming more environmentally sensitive throughout its operations and finding ways of operating more sustainably throughout the region.

This is a phased and gradual strategy which includes a review of all Massy Stores operational practices as well as discussions with suppliers, manufacturers, policy makers, environmental groups and customers.

Petra Plato Marketing Officer at Massy Stores St. Vincent and the Grenadines Limited says the decision to encourage customers to use less plastic will help to manage the adverse impacts of single use plastic on the environment.

Effective July 3, 2018, Massy Stores here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines will be charging customers a fee for single use plastic bags provided at checkout.

The company is still seeking to determine the amount of fee customers will be charged for the use of single use plastic bags, however, Ms. Plato said Massy Stores will have available reusable shopping bags and customers can also take along other alternative bags for use in storing their items brought at Massy Stores outlets.

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