18 March 2016
FairPrice customers saved a record 10.1 million plastic bags last year by bringing their own bags to shop; FairPrice urges more customers to BYOB to commemorate Earth Hour
- FairPrice Green Rewards Scheme continues to see an increase of 10 percent year-on-year in plastic bags saved
- Over 290 FairPrice and FairPrice Finest supermarkets, FairPrice Xtra hypermarkets, FairPrice Xpress and Cheers convenience stores will support Earth Hour 2016 by switching off non-essential lights; this is the eighth year FairPrice is supporting the global initiative, Earth Hour
- FairPrice will donate $12,500 to the WWF in support of the Earth Hour initiative
SINGAPORE, 18 MARCH 2016 – NTUC FairPrice (FairPrice) has seen a record 10.1 million plastic bags saved in 2015 through its bring-your-own-bag (BYOB) initiative, also called the "FairPrice Green Rewards" scheme, an increase of nearly 10 percent from the previous year. As part of its ongoing efforts to raise awareness on sustainability, FairPrice continues to support Earth Hour this year by switching off all non-essential lights, such as signage and refrigerator lightings in its stores, offices and distribution centres on 19 March 2016. Going beyond just switching off its lights, FairPrice will be donating $12,500 to the WWF – the organization behind the Earth Hour global initiative – part of which is from the sales proceeds of reusable shopping bags from 12 to 19 March 2016.
Mr Koh Kok Sin, Chairman of FairPrice Green Committee, said, “As an environmentally conscious retailer, we are encouraged by the tremendous support customers have shown for our various eco-friendly initiatives such as the FairPrice Green Rewards scheme. We will continue to leverage our vast network of stores island-wide to raise awareness about protecting the environment and doing our part to save resources. We invite more customers to join us in our green efforts to help create a sustainable environment as we commemorate Earth Hour, by switching off their lights and using reusable bags to shop."
On 19 March 2016, all FairPrice supermarkets and offices will switch off its non-essential lights from 8.30pm till closing time or till 7.30am the next morning, for its 24-hour stores. The co-operative’s convenience stores, FairPrice Xpress and Cheers stores, along with all its distribution centers, will also be switching off refrigeration lights between 8.30pm and 9.30pm.
FairPrice Green Rewards scheme
The FairPrice Green Rewards scheme, which was introduced in 2007, offers customers a 10-cent rebate when customers BYOB with a minimum spend of $10. Last year, over half-a-million dollars in rebates were given out through this scheme. FairPrice remains the only retailer to offer a rebate to customers who BYOB. To further encourage customers, FairPrice also started dedicated "BYOB checkout lanes" in selected stores to serve only customers who BYOB or do not need a plastic bag for their purchases.
More details on the FairPrice Green Rewards scheme and various green initiatives can be found at www.csr.fairprice.com.sg