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Massy vows to reduce plastic waste


Massy vows to reduce plastic waste

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Massy Stores is committed to reducing the distribution of plastic bags at all its stores across the Caribbean.

The objective is to help in the reduction of the environmental effects of plastic waste in the region, it stated in a release to coincide with World Earth Day being celebrated Saturday.

“In order to mitigate the dangerous effects of plastics on the environment, research indicates that two solutions can be used – increase the manufacturing of biodegradable plastics and continuously engage in recycling. Massy Stores adopted both initiatives to reduce the negative environmental effects of plastic waste and began procuring biodegradable bags. The company also partnered with recycling companies, such as Plastikeep in Trinidad and Tobago and Jua kali in St Lucia, focused on the collection and exportation of plastic waste.

“Having made great strides with these efforts, and as the world continues to grapple with solutions to its dependency on plastics and counter major environmental effects, the supermarket chain is seeking to find a more permanent solution to reducing plastic waste and its own demand for plastic bags,” the release added.

Thomas Pantin, executive chairman, Massy’s retail line of business said: “We started to take a closer look at the negative impact of plastic waste a few years ago. As a responsible, leading retailer we are determined to play a role in the reduction of waste. Along with citizens of every Caribbean country in which we operate, we are collectively accountable for actions which impact the future of the Caribbean.”

Across the region, Massy Stores has also started to change its lighting systems to LED to reduce energy consumption. In Barbados, at the Sunset Crest and Warrens locations, solar (photovoltaic) systems have already been installed. Frere Delmas, Country Manager, Massy Barbados said, “We have even started to reduce consumption of paper by utilising paperless statements for customers who use Massy Credit Cards.” (PR)