Tesco says no to plastic bags with new store in Phuket

Posted on January 6, 2014

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Tesco Lotus has reaffirmed its commitment to preserving the environment with its new “no bag store” concept for Express format outlets, having recently launched two pilot stores – in Koh Samui and Phuket.

Tesco Lotus Head of Public Affairs Charkrit Direkwattanachai remarked: “Tesco Lotus has been able to save the use of eight million plastic bags and this year we aim to reduce 12 million plastic bags through our long standing scheme to reward customers with ‘Green Points’ every time they turn down a plastic bag.

“Now we are launching Tesco Lotus’s first ‘No Bag Stores’ in Phuket and Samui as a trial to further demonstrate our commitment to Phuket’s world-famous natural environment.”

The ‘no nag’ store in Phuket is a Lotus Express on Ban Sai Yuan Road, the road between Nai Harn and Kata beaches, a prime tourist area. To encourage customers to join the spirit of “no bag”, the company is offering 20 Green Points for a basket of shopping without using plastic bags. The Green Points system works through Clubcard, the Tesco Lotus loyalty card. Clubcard points are converted to cash coupons and mailed to customers every quarter. Additionally at Ban Sai Yuan, an additional 20 satang per “no bag” transaction will be donated to the local Wat Sawang Arom school.

Mr Chakrit said that feedback from customers has been overwhelmingly positive, and the trial looks set to continue and rolled out to other stores in prime tourist areas to protect the local environment.

“As Thailand’s leading ‘green retailer’, we want to convince customers to shop without plastic bags. Hence we are piloting the ‘no bag’ stores’ in Koh Samui and Phuket,” he said.

Alongside the plastic bag campaign, Tesco Lotus is also the first retailer to reward customers who buy ‘green products’ such as energy saving light bulbs and biodegradable utensils, giving 25 Green Points for every product sold.

Tesco Lotus also has an ongoing energy conservation and carbon reduction program, including investing 1.2 billion baht in 2012 energy saving light bulbs and electrical equipment.

In addition, Tesco Lotus has opened a “zero carbon store” in Bangpra, Chonburi, the first of its kind in Asia, which offsets 100 per cent of its carbon emissions with alternative energy sources such as solar and wind.

Tesco Lotus also has various natural conservation projects that help communities around Thailand, such as recently completing a project to plant nine million trees in national parks around the country.

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Posted in: Koh Samui, Phuket