On 22th May 2013, Tesco Lotus Senior Corporate Affairs Manager – Mr Chakrit Direkwattanachai said “I believe that our recent campaign to reduce the use of plastic bags in Phuket has been very successful. Over the past year, especially on the part of the Lotus stores in Phuket, we have seen a reduction of almost 800,000 being used, and the customers in the Phuket province are the first to be refusing plastic bags. For 2013, Tesco Lotus Phuket aims to reduce the use of 1 million plastic bags. We want people to use reusable bags instead of plastic bags, something we started to campaign for about four years ago, but we began production of our own cheap fabric bags approximately 2 years ago. We have seen a good response to our campaign and believe the results are satisfactory.”
Tesco Lotus’ objective is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 50% by 2020, and they have already achieved Greenhouse Gas Emissions cuts of 23%.
Tesco Lotus has now launched the campaign “Green Bag Green Points” in order to encourage customers to use their own shopping bags by giving Clubcard Green Points in return for not using plastic bags. Tesco Lotus is also offering extra Green Points for purchases of environmental friendly products to coincide with this campaign. This campaign is aimed to help customers reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions which cause Global Warming by reducing plastic bag usage. If we reduce 2% of plastic bag usage each year, we decrease greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by about 1,980 tons per year.