Liberty Two Degrees, the real estate investment trust that owns many prominent shopping centres across South Africa, is going to ban plastic bags in all of its malls from January 2020. This ‘no shopping bags’ policy is intended to help the business meet national and international sustainability goals.
Liberty Two Degrees has partnered with a community-based organisation in Alexandra, Johannesburg, to create the plastic-free shopping bags. These bags will be distributed to its malls around the country, creating jobs and promoting sustainability at the same time. Liberty has also set itself a net-zero sustainability goal for 2030 which will see no wastage in its water or electricity use.
“With rising levels of plastic pollution in our country and oceans, it is no longer a case of best practice to eradicate the use of plastic shopping bags, but rather a commitment of paramount importance and necessity,” says Liberty Two Degrees chief executive Amelia Beattie.
The trust will also introduce recycling bins at its Sandton City and Eastgate shopping malls. Besides these two centres, Liberty Two Degrees also owns Nelson Mandela Square (Johannesburg), Melrose Arch (Johannesburg), Liberty Midlands Mall (Pietermaritzburg) and Liberty Promenade (Cape Town). All of these shopping malls will eradicate plastic bags at the start of 2020.
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