Coles launches reusable container promotion

Coles is encouraging customers to reduce food and plastic waste at home with its latest promotion, which is this time aimed at adults.

The Coles Fresh Food Container Program, offers ‘container credits’ when customers spend $20 or more using flybuys online or in-store.

The credits can be redeemed for a range of five reusable containers from 600mL to 1.5 litres, as well as a specially-designed vacuum pump. The containers are made from durable polypropylene and can ultimately be recycled in a kerbside bin at the end of their life.

“We know our customers want to reduce food waste for environmental and family budget reasons, and these reusable containers are a great way to keep food fresh in the fridge or pantry without the need for more single-use plastic,” Coles chief operating officer Greg Davis said in a statement.

The supermarket giant has removed 1.2 billion single-use plastic bags from circulation since they were phased out last year and has diverted more than 542 million pieces of flexible plastic from landfill since 2011 through its recycling partnership with REDcycle.

“This is a great initiative by Coles to reduce food and plastic waste. When food waste ends up in landfills it produces methane – a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. By shopping wisely and storing food in air tight reusable containers we can all do our bit to help the environment and save money, ” Paul Klymenko, CEO of environmental organisation Planet Ark, said.

The promotion is available in-store  running between April 24 and July 2.


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    michael Parrant posted on April 29, 2019

    I have a question for Coles and woollies about there plastic bags my understanding was that they were going thru at least 1.5 Billion bags per year. Even though I do agree with them that they needed to do something about it I can’t help but wonder if it is just another way of raising revenue 1.5 Billion by 15 cents each not bad for doing nothing. The old bags we would always reuse as bin liners so now we have to purchase bin liners as well as the Coles or Woolworths bags doubling up. But the most important question is just where these two companies are sourcing their bags from my understanding is that they are all imported, Woolworths are they come from Thailand it's printed on the side Coles are a bit smarter and don’t advertise this fact. if that is the case and I expect it is why on earth wouldn’t you companies not support the local manufacturers and there are plenty of them in Australia plus help to keep jobs here in Australia. it’s good to see you are recycling the 15 cent bags perhaps these companies would like to share with the public some facts and figures on how many they buy and what they make out of it and what is the percentage that is recycled. Now Coles wants us to buy plastic containers if that’s not bad enough it sounds as if these are coming from a Dutch company for crying out loud, we support you guys start supporting Australian manufacturing. From now on I am purchasing my groceries from locally owned stores such as IGA or similar buying my meat from local butchers were by the way they don’t charge extra for bags reply

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