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Jack’s Of Fiji Opting For Paper And Woven Bags

Jack’s Group of Companies chief executive officer Bhavin Khatri, during an interview, said the ban was a positive move by Government as far as protecting the environment was concerned
07 Jan 2020 10:27
Jack’s Of Fiji Opting For Paper And Woven Bags
Staff members of Jack’s of Fiji in Nadi with their reusable woven bags at Denarau Marina. Photo: Mereleki Nai

Banning single use plastic bags is a good initiative, says Jack’s of Fiji.

Jack’s Group of Companies chief executive officer Bhavin Khatri, during an interview, said the ban was a positive move by Government as far as protecting the environment was concerned.

“It is a good initiative on the progressive use of more recycled and reusable bags. We are in the presence of introducing paper bags and woven bags too,” Mr Khatri said.

“I believe it’s for a good cause and this is in line with Government’s efforts to spread the message on climate change and its harmful effects to our environment.”

The ban on single use plastic bags came to effect on January 1, initiated by the Government to promote a cleaner and greener Fiji.

Plastic bags that are less than 50 microns in thickness are now illegal to use, sell or supply. These are bags commonly used in the markets, supermarkets, shops, etc.

Meanwhile, Namaka Market vendor president Bilavucu said most vendors were not prepared or adapting well to the changes.

“Most people are still in the festive mood, and they are not easily adapting to the change made. I request the ministry if they could give us a grace period, at least a month, so that we could find other ways as a substitute to plastic.”

Nadi Market vendor president Lia Lawanimate said even though the changes were not easy for the vendors, they were dealing with it by interacting with their customers respectively.

“It was really hard for us, but we are looking at other options to use in the market. Some vendors have used old newspapers to wrap their goods and we are also interacting with our customers to bring with them their shopping bags from home,” Ms Lawanimate said.

Buy a carry-bag

A 42-year-old man in Suva is making great efforts to care for the environment and counter the ban on single use plastics.

Peniasi Ravuna, who is originally from Nailawa, Labasa, and now lives in Rewa, is selling carry-bags in Suva.

“Knowing that plastic bags are banned in Fiji, I decided to walk from place to place at all Suva supermarkets to make a difference,” he said.

Mr Ravuna said he bought the carry-bags from a Chinese shop in Suva for a $1.50 each, and was re-selling them for $2.

“I have sold three dozens of carry-bags so far. This shows that people are taking the plastic ban seriously,” Mr Ravuna said.

“People use carry-bags because it is strong, it can be used every day and it is washable.

“I urge people who are still using plastic bags to put a stop to it and use alternatives.”

Peniasi Ravuna selling carry bags in Suva. Photo: Renu Radhika

Peniasi Ravuna selling carry bags in Suva. Photo: Renu Radhika

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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