Precinct-focused, retail-centred REIT Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) has announced plans to implement a ‘no plastic shopping bags’ policy across its malls by 1 January 2020. This is in alignment with national and global sustainability goals as well as its 2030 net zero sustainability target.

‘With rising levels of plastic pollution in our country and oceans, it is no longer a case of best practice to eradicate the use of plastic shopping bags but rather a commitment of paramount importance and necessity,’ says L2D chief executive Amelia Beattie. L2D will also be partnering with Alexandra community-based group Bana Bags to introduce plastic-free bags into centres in its portfolio, which include Sandton City, Eastgate and Nelson Mandela Square (Gauteng); Liberty Midlands Mall (KZN); and Liberty Promenade Mitchells Plain (Western Cape).

Also joining the move is Woolworths. Following the six-month trial of a low-cost reusable bag in four Western Cape stores, which included the launch of their first plastic bag-free store (Steenberg Village, Cape Town), the retailer is rolling out the non-plastic bag countrywide and it will be implementing three more plastic bag-free stores – Maroun Square in Johannesburg, Moreleta Village in Pretoria and Delcairn Centre in Durban.

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