WE’RE BANNING ALL SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAGS AT CHECKOUTS
We’re happy to announce that from July 2018, Farro will eliminate the use of single-use plastic bags from our checkouts.
Late last year, we conducted a survey with many of our customers to ask them what they thought about plastic bags. The results were overwhelmingly in support of us banning single-use plastic bags at checkout.
We’ve already been able to reduce bag use by 20 percent by introducing the reusable bag credit (5c if you bring your own bag) two years ago, and we will continue to offer this incentive.
From July, we will stop using single-use plastic bags in all Farro stores at checkout.
We would like to encourage all of our customers to bring reusable bags to Farro, but we do understand this change may take a little bit of time to get used to, so we will be introducing compostable bags* as an alternative.
We have been testing different compostable bag options to make sure we’re happy with their performance. The ones we’ve chosen for you are made from 100 percent plant-based materials that are certified ‘zero harm’ and ‘non-toxic’.
At this stage, we will NOT be charging customers for compostable bags. However, we may look to charge for compostable bags in the future. The compostable bags cost around 3 times more than single-use plastic. As a business striving for sustainable outcomes, we’re happy to absorb that cost. And if we decide to charge, all the money raised will be donated to an environmental charity supporting this work. The purpose of any charge would be to further encourage people to move to reusable bags.
We also offer:
· A NEW cotton Farro bag
· Hessian Farro reusable bags
· Paper bags
· Farro chiller bags
We have some other exciting plans in the pipeline, and we will be letting you know about them soon…
Behind the scenes
We have reduced the amount of waste by 75 percent over the past three years. This has equated to 475,000 kilograms per year less waste going to landfill. We partner with some great organisations to reuse, repurpose or recycle this waste, such as Fair Food.
Reducing Single-use Packaging
We are also looking to reduce other single-use consumable items. We are working with suppliers to reduce the amount of packaging coming into our stores. This includes a project currently underway – to ban the use of polybins by our suppliers.
Did you know?
We moved to compostable coffee cups two years ago and now also have compostable deli lunch containers, made of 100 percent plant-based material.
We’re looking at ways to reduce single-use plastic too. We offer paper bags as an alternative for customers. In our Grey Lynn store, we are trialling the removal of plastic wrap on organics and also on our green beans. Based on customer feedback, we hope to roll these initiatives out to all stores and look at further ways to reduce our packaging waste.
* Compostable Bags – What you need to know
The bags are made from 100 percent plant-based materials. They are certified to compost in less than 180 days in an industrial compost facility. They also have the ‘OK HOME’ compost rating, which certifies they will compost in less than 9-12 months in standard home composts. If home composts are managed correctly, they can compost much quicker.