5 BreadTalk stores to charge S$0.10 for each carrier bag in 3-month trial starting Nov. 15, 2019

No more small single-use plastic bags for each bread.

Ashley Tan| November 05, 06:40 PM

BreadTalk is jumping on the sustainable bandwagon.

Charging for carrier bags

On Nov. 5, the bakery chain announced that it would be charging S$0.10 for each plastic carrier bag at five of its outlets.

This initiative, which starts from Nov. 15 onwards, will last for three months up till Feb. 14, 2020.

It is part of the brand's move towards sustainability to reduce plastic usage and to encourage consumers to bring their own reusable bags.

During the trial, BreadTalk will be introducing a "newly-designed" food bag, which can pack up to three breads.

This new bag reportedly eliminates the need for an additional plastic carrier bag with each purchase.

Notices informing consumers of the change have been put up at the five participating outlets, which are:

  • City Square Mall
  • Funan Mall
  • Jewel Changi Airport
  • Marina Bay Sands
  • Westgate

All proceeds from the charges will go to non-profit Community Chest.

BreadTalk stated that the trial aims to reduce the use of small-sized carrier bags by 50 per cent per month across all five outlets.

The brand will also be conducting an online survey to gather consumer sentiments on the initiative.

A BreadTalk spokesperson shared that although the brand's practices had "room for improvement", the trial would give them the "opportunity to share with both [their] staffs as well as customers on using less plastic".

Sustainability bandwagon

On Nov. 4, 2019, FairPrice announced its decision to extend its plastic-reducing initiative to 25 more outlets islandwide.

From Nov. 11 onwards, these 25 outlets would be charging at least S$0.10 for plastic bags for each transaction, and the move would last a year.

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