NTUC FairPrice shoppers saved over 9 million plastic bags in 2014

Over 9 million plastic bags were saved and more than $450,000 in rebates were given out to shoppers through the FairPrice Green Rewards Scheme last year, NTUC FairPrice (FairPrice) said in a statement on Tuesday.

Mr Koh Kok Sin, Chairperson of the FairPrice Green Committee, said: "Securing a sustainable future for our Earth is the responsibility of everyone in this generation. We continue to upgrade and make our stores as eco-friendly as possible, find ways to raise environmental consciousness among shoppers, and encourage them to Think Green and Shop Green."

"We are encouraged that our customers recognise the call to care for the Earth, and share our commitment to save plastic bags and take on other sustainable initiatives. We will continue to work together with our stakeholders to build a green and eco-friendly Singapore."

The FairPrice Green Rewards Scheme was first launched in 2007 to encourage shoppers to reduce the use of plastic bags by bringing their own bags to carry their purchases.

Over the years, more than $2.3 million in rebates were given out as an estimated 46.5 million plastic bags were saved. The highest number of plastic bags was saved in 2014.

Besides encouraging shoppers to cut down on using plastic bags, FairPrice also supported Earth Hour this year by switching off all non-essential lights at its stores, offices and warehouses.

In addition, FairPrice donated $12,500 to World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in its seventh year of supporting the initiative.