More than $500,000 given to NTUC FairPrice customers last year to cut down plastic bag use

FairPrice's Green Rewards Scheme gave customers who spend a minimum of $10 and use their own bags a 10-cent rebate.
FairPrice's Green Rewards Scheme gave customers who spend a minimum of $10 and use their own bags a 10-cent rebate. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - More than $500,000 was given out to NTUC FairPrice supermarket customers in 2015 through an incentive scheme introduced in 2007 to encourage them to reduce the use of plastic bags.

Under the supermarket's Green Rewards scheme, customers who spend a minimum of $10 and use their own bags get a 10-cent rebate. This means that customers saved a 10.1 million plastic bags in 2015, nearly 10 per cent more than the previous year, said FairPrice in a press release on Friday (March 18).

FairPrice also announced that it will be donating $12,500, which includes money from the sale of reusable shopping bags, to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), which is organising the Earth Hour initiative.

On Saturday evening, FairPrice will join several other organisations in switching off all non-essential lights, such as signage and refrigerator lighting in its stores, offices and distribution centres from 8.30pm till closing time.

"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," said Mr Koh Kok Sin, chairman of FairPrice Green Committee.