Pick n Pay (PnP), a large Namibian retail chain store, said Tuesday that it raised 195,000 Namibian dollars (about 12,787 U.S. dollars) through the sale of plastic carrier bags to encourage responsible use of plastic.

The retail store handed over the profits to the Recycle Namibia Forum (RNF), which will use the funds to support environmental sustainability activities.

The initiative, which kicked off in June, saw PnP implement a charge of 50 Namibian cents (3 U.S. cents) per grocery plastic bag at all its stores across the country, under its Plastic or Planet campaign.

PnP Namibia Marketing Manager Victoria Moller said it is not the plastic as such that is the problem, but rather the behavior of human beings.

“While we aim to promote the responsible and safe use of plastic, we will also make use of the campaign to encourage consumers to rather opt for the reusable grocery shopping bags,” she added.

According to RNF Coordinator Anita Witt, through the Schools Recycling Competition and community clean-ups as well as online awareness campaigns, the forum has already reached thousands of people across the country.

Environmentalist and researcher at the University of Namibia Selma Lendelvo stressed the impact of plastic bags on the environment and applauded organizations who are pro-actively looking for ways to reduce the impact of plastic toxic on the environment, especially when it comes to post-consumer waste.

Meanwhile, Namibia’s Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta said in July that the country seeks to effectively ban the usage of plastic bags by 2022 in a drive to safeguard the environment. Enditem

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