• Staff writer


South African retailers are pledging to reduce plastic packaging. Devin Galtrey, group packaging manager for the Spar Group, says that everyone has to take responsibility for the way we use plastic and how we dispose of it.

Worldwide, stakeholders are working together to confront the plastic scourge and an initiative called the Plastics Pact Network has been launched to implement solutions towards a circular plastic economy, capturing its value to ensure that plastics never become waste.

The Spar Group is one of the founder members of the pact and sits on the steering committee. It is joined by all the major retailers in South Africa and all members of the Pact have committed to the following aspirational targets:

  • define a list of unnecessary plastic packaging and items, and agree to measures to urgently address these;

  • 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025;

  • 70% of plastic packaging to be effectively recycled by 2025;

  • 30% average recycled content across all plastic packaging by 2025.

  • Galtrey says that new technologies, new business models and mobilisation of the entire value chain are needed to accomplish these goals. Pact members are working to eliminate problematic plastics and reduce the total amount of packaging on supermarket shelves. Change can only be delivered by tackling plastic waste and pollution at its root.


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