Pasadena and Frewville Foodland are the first supermarkets in South Australia to accept bring-your-own containers to reduce the use of plastic. The scheme has been developed in conjunction with KESAB environmental solutions and is called Pack and Go.

Customers can conveniently pre-purchase approved containers from either store at a discounted rate. They are commercially cleaned, reused and swapped by the stores on a one-for-one basis with food purchases to ensure high standards of food safety.

In compliance with Food Standards Australia New Zealand guidelines, the containers are dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe. Customers can bring containers in for a range of products, including bulk foods, salads, cheeses, deli meats, spices, olives and antipasti. In future, the scheme may be extended to raw meats.

Pasadena and Frewville Foodland hope bring-your-own containers will eventually lead to the phasing out of single-use plastic containers. “Customers at our stores have been quick to embrace Pack and Go during the trial with environmental responsibility being important to them,” said Commercial Retail Group Director, Spero Chapley. “The launch of Pack and Go is part of our overall approach to waste management and recycling, which working closely with KESAB aims to reduce our landfill by 70 percent over the next 12 months.”

As paper bags have already been implemented at check out, replacing the use of plastic in product packaging with reusable containers will reduce both stores’ environmental impact.