Date: WED, 02 December 2015
Pick n Pay (PnP) Namibia – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group – and the Recycle Namibia Forum (RNF) has proudly announced the launch of reusable grocery shopping bags in support of preserving Namibia’s environment. The launch which took place on Tuesday, 02 December reaffirms the O&L Group’s commitment to its purpose of ‘Creating a future, enhancing life’, with the aim of, amongst others, reducing its carbon footprint with 20 percent by 2019.
Taking hands with PnP Namibia in this initiative, the RNF has shown serious commitment towards its mission in keeping the Namibian environment safe and healthy for the well-being of the Namibian people. RNF Chairperson, Patricia Hoeksema: “The RNF was born to contribute to a clean, safe and sustainable environment. It is therefore critical that the corporate sector, as well as civil society and government take hands to ensure the future sustainability of our environment by keeping it clean and preserving it for our future generations to appreciate, celebrate and enjoy. This will eventually contribute greatly to growing investment opportunities in the country resulting in stronger economic growth. It is with delight that the RNF has partnered with Pick n Pay Namibia – a subsidiary of the O&L Group – in this initiative of bringing reusable bags to the consumer, while ensuring the funds of the sale of the bags support environmental awareness creation. It is most certainly a step into the right direction – and hopefully an encouragement to other corporates and retailers to follow suit in contribution to leading this country to a place where we are leaders in preserving the environment.”
Pick n Pay Finance Director, Waldemar von Lieres placed emphasis on the significant role that recycling could play in the Namibian economy at large. Von Lieres: “Last year Americans recycled enough aluminum cans to conserve the energy equivalent of more than 15 million barrels of oil. Through recycling newsprint, office paper and mixed paper, Pennsylvania saved nearly over 8.2 million trees. The environment plays an integral part in our everyday operations, and in the lives of us
as individuals. Our health status is highly determined by what our environment looks like. It is our responsibility to look after the environment and do what we can to preserve it, and take care of it, not only for ourselves but also for future generations to come. These shopper bags should serve as an indication as to the lengths we as Pick n Pay Namibia will go to preserve our country’s environment. We trust that it will serve as a beacon of hope for a unique Namibian environment adored by many around the globe. We believe that this initiative will encourage other Namibians, including corporates and the government as well as individuals to look out for more opportunities for recycling. It most certainly can play a vital role in the well-being of the Namibian people, the future of the Namibian environment, and of course the growth of the local economy.”
Pick n Pay Namibia is also proud to announce that from every reusable bag sold, N$1 will be donated to the RNF in aid of growing the forum in its mission. Reusable bags will be available for purchase at any Pick n Pay store countrywide at a cost of N$ 10.99. “The RNF is ecstatic about the kind gesture by Pick n Pay Namibia to contribute N$1 from every bag sold to the forum. It is a fact that the forum cannot effectively play its part in society without solid financial backing. The goodwill shown by Pick n Pay Namibia will go a long way in making sure that the RNF is equipped with the necessary resources to lead in taking care of the Namibian environment and its people. May today be a start to even greater initiatives by the Namibian people in contribution to protecting our unique and rich environment, and in so doing, save the future of our beautiful country,” Hoeksema concluded.