By FAIRUZ MOHD SHAHAR|SHAH ALAM firstname.lastname@example.org
RAISING AWARENESS:74 Malaysian Rotary Clubs give away 135,000 reusable bags to shoppers
SEVENTY-FOUR Malaysian Rotary Clubs (district 3300) recently gave 135,000 reusable bags to shoppers at 27 Giant hypermarkets nationwide and at three selected venues in George Town, Penang; Temerloh, Pahang and Kuala Kangsar, Perak.
The distribution was done in conjunction with the “I Choose to Reuse” campaign, in collaboration with GCH Retail (M) Sdn Bhd.
The campaign aimed to promote green consciousness and encourage shoppers to recycle.
The locations covered were Kedah, Kelantan, Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Selangor Terengganu, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.
Rotary international district 3300 district governor Dr S. Raveendra Kumar said the campaign was to encourage consumers to make a small change by eliminating the use of plastic bags.
“Our goal is to raise awareness to support environmentally sustainable choices in our daily lives.
Reusable shopping bags can make a significant difference in the carbon footprint.
“Plastic bags can take hundreds of years to break down as they are not biodegradable,” added Raveendra at Giant Hypermarket Shah Alam.
“They will break down into smaller toxic bits that contaminate the soil, waterways and oceans.”
GCH Retail (M) Sdn Bhd marketing director Ho Mun Hao said he supported the campaign as it inculcated a “Bring Your Own Bag” culture among consumers.
“Shoppers are now aware that they have to bring their own bag for shopping every Saturday as it is a “No Plastic” day.
“This campaign is a way to encourage shoppers to use reusable bags every day, not just on Saturdays, to help save the environment,” added Ho.
About 5,000 Rotary Club volunteers, their families and friends distributed the bags from 10am to 2pm.
Local celebrities supporting the campaign included Datuk Siti Nurhaliza, Daphne Iking, Nadhira, Naqib (of 8TV Quickie) and Reshmonu.