Sustainability How green was my trolley
Some significant developments in sustainability from our retailers this week. First up, Pick n Pay, which is extending its partnership with WWF South Africa to address Scope 3 emissions and Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) target-setting for Pick n Pay’s supply chain. The partners, who first worked together on Pick n Pay’s sustainable seafood work in 2006, will also work on developing a strategy to reduce food waste within the supply chain. With WWF, Pick n Pay will empower its suppliers to navigate water-related risks, enhancing methods for measuring food loss and waste across their operations and supply chain. Next, SPAR has commenced roll-out of its electric vehicle fleet for deliveries ordered via the SPAR2U online shopping platform. “Our goal is to achieve a 50% SPAR2U green fleet by 2025, not only enhancing our nationwide availability but also delivering a greater positive environmental impact,” says omnichannel exec Blake Raubenheimer. Finally, Makro, which has called off its e-waste recycling campaign due to an overwhelming response by punters last weekend. The “Future Started Yesterday” campaign, which rewarded people for handing in their electric waste with Makro vouchers up to R600 per person per day, was initially planned over two consecutive weekends. Over 12,500 people dropped off 130 tonnes of appliances and electronic equipment last Saturday and Sunday alone, resulting in all the allocated vouchers being snapped up.
Comment: “Money for jam,” as one Twitter user so aptly described it. And in these straitened times, who wouldn’t want some of that.