We hear you and share your concern about the harmful impact of plastic waste on the environment. Although our primary mission is to bring you clean, natural, healthy and delicious food, we are continually seeking to reduce the amount of single-use plastic in our stores and to recycle when possible. Here are some of the measures we are taking:
We encourage our customers to bring their own bags for their groceries by giving a 30 cent rebate per bag. We also sell reusable canvas bags at our cost to our customers. When customers don’t bring their own bags, we use paper bags. (We encourage customers to bring these back to Little Farms for reuse by providing the same 30 cent rebate.) We also use biodegradable packaging and utensils for takeaway food in our cafes.
We sell much of our produce loose, which helps minimize our use of plastic. We do sell some of our produce pre-wrapped, primarily, when it is more likely to degrade rapidly without any protection. We also sell our fresh meat and seafood wrapped in plastic, as required by current regulation. Many of our beverages are sold in plastic bottles, though we are collaborating with our supplier/partner, Gorilla Press, to facilitate the recycling of glass bottles for their juices and will seek similar collaborations with other drink suppliers.
We are looking for biodegradable alternatives to the conventional plastic we use. The challenge is finding a safe, resilient and affordable biodegradable substitute to regular plastic. We are in dialogue with a number of manufacturers, but this still remains a work in progress. Although still too much, we use less plastic in our stores today than any other grocer in Singapore.
We take our role in reducing single-use plastic seriously and seek your understanding as we work towards better solutions over time.