As part of its Rethink the Bag initiative, the Two Oceans Aquarium ran a survey at a number of SPAR retailers in Cape Town. Waste Reduction – Far South volunteers ran the survey on behalf of Two Oceans at the Valyland SPAR in Fish Hoek. The results showed overwhelming support for re-useable shopping bags and a ban on single use plastic shopping bags.
It asks Spar shoppers three questions with yes /no answers to survey their views on shopping bags. The questions are:
- Would you continue to shop at Valyland SPAR if they no longer provided plastic shopping bags, meaning you would have to bring your own reusable bags? Responses: YES 92.21% NO 7.79%
- Would the fact that a retailer does NOT provide plastic shopping bags encourage you to support them? Responses: YES 73.28% NO 26.72%
- Would you support a total plastic shopping bag ban in South Africa. Responses: YES 85.17% NO 14.83%.
Thank you to Valyland SPAR for letting us survey their shoppers and to the people who volunteered to survey shoppers and to distribute the online survey.
1 The week of 3-9 July is international Plastic Free Week. Please support plastic free week by making a conscious choice to reduce the amount of plastic packaging you use. Start by taking your own re-usable bags with when you go shopping.
2 The Far South Peninsula Community Forum has written to Min. Edna Molewa calling on her to use her authority as minister of Environmental Affairs to BAN NON- RECYCLABLE SHOPPING BAGS. Please consider endorsing this call by emailing Min. Molewa. Click on link for copy of letter.
Kim Kruyshaar June 2017