We love where we live…
We want to keep Nelson and the entire planet happy and healthy, so from 11th June ’18 you’ll no longer find single-use plastic bags in our store.
We know you’ve still got to pack your shopping, so we have four fantastic alternatives to single-use plastic bags when you shop at Fresh Choice Nelson.
- Bring a shopping bag.
- Borrow a Boomerang Bag from a bin at the store’s entrance. (We’re launching a borrow-a-bag scheme with a bank of 100 textile bags made from materials saved from landfill by Boomerang Bags Nelson, a grassroots scheme set up by local woman Lani Bee to provide a sustainable alternative to plastic bags.)
- Reuse a cardboard box from the store.
- Buy a recyclable, sustainably sourced paper bag. (We’re introducing two sizes of fully biodegradable, sustainably sourced paper bags; 10 cent bags are large enough to pack a few items and the 20 cent ones can carry up to eight kilograms… Man! They’ve got some muscle!)
You will still find pre-packaged products in plastic that have come into the supermarket, and we will still be using some plastic with meat, but in every other part of our operation we’re replacing plastic with paper, you’ll find free paper bags available in our fruit and vege, bakery, seafood, and bulk food departments.
During our store refurbishment we replaced the store’s fluorescent tube lighting with new LED tubes, these make a big difference on energy saving. The renovated freezer section now has lights within the cabinets that switch on via motion-sensors, providing additional energy savings.
One of our and your greatest contributions to protecting our environment is buying as much as possible within the 200km radius rule – it reduces our (and your) carbon footprint, supports the local economy and ensures produce is market fresh when you walk in the door.