The new green caps on SPAR’s milk cartons are not only eye-catching – they’re also good for the environment.
Referred to as “bio-based closures”, they represent another step forward for the retailer on its journey towards fully recyclable packaging.
According to SPAR Eastern Cape advertising manager Roseann Shadrach the caps are made from a high-density polyethylene, which is derived from sugar cane.
“It is a truly renewable resource that just grows back. By using the bio-based cap, we are increasing our material usage of renewable resources from 67 to 83 per cent.”
Shadrach said the bio-based closures, launched by packaging partner Tetra Pak as a world-first and tested locally by Woodlands Dairy, met stringent safety standards.
She said the caps were used on all SPAR milk variants – including full cream, low fat and fat free – and are destined for its UHT custard and extended shelf life milk by year-end.
“We are committed to recycling for a new future, along with like-minded partners. It’s the next step for us as we work towards using only fully renewable packaging for our SPAR juice range.”
Shadrach said by recycling, SPAR, in the Eastern Cape and nationally, is reducing its reliance on natural capital, saving costs all the way along the value chain.
She said SPAR wanted to play its part in changing the culture around the use of plastic, which led to the launch of the Eastern Cape distribution centre’s STOP Plastic campaign in 2018.
“To this end, we’re constantly looking for holistic solutions that consider the environment, product safety, affordability and health and nutrition requirements.
“Our long-term goal is for our products to be made locally, from renewable sources, and to be fully recyclable.”
SPAR’s brand packaging is endorsed by the Forest Stewardship Council, a globally recognised entity that protects the world’s forests, and only 100 per cent recyclable plastic bags are sold.