Tesco Lotus shifts focus to ‘create share value’ concept – Thailand

Posted on December 14, 2014 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News

Tesco Lotus shifts focus to ‘create share value’ concept – The Nation.

Giant gives back to society in line with its business value; turns attention to education, health, environment, SMEs

Education, health, business training, the reduction of plastic-bag usage, and waste management are the themes of the “create share value” (CSV) concept of the Tesco Lotus chain in Thailand.
Another major CSV theme for the company is to reduce the use of non-biodegradable plastic shopping bags, a matter that relates directly to the business and the environment, said Charkrit.

Under the campaign, which kicked off in 2011, shoppers are encouraged to use cotton bags instead of plastic ones.

Apart from reducing the damaging effects of plastic waste on the environment, the move also lowers carbon-dioxide emission from the production of plastic bags, as well as cutting the company’s business costs related to the provision of the bags for customers.

“Reducing our costs is an indirect benefit from this campaign. The main idea of the campaign is to raise awareness about concern for the environment in the long term,” he said.

When the campaign began in earnest in 2012, around 1 million fewer plastic bags worth about Bt300,000 were used by Tesco Lotus shoppers that year.

Last year, the company saw a much greater reduction in its plastic-bag usage, with 14 million fewer bags worth about Bt4.2 million being used, while in the first 10 months of this year, the reduction was as high as some 20 million bags worth Bt6 million.

So simple  to stop handing out plastic bags yet can have such profound results.