27 january 2020
O`KEY hypermarket chain refuses primary oil plastic bags

O`KEY Group S.A. (LSE: OKEY, RAEX – ‘ruA-’) is the first Russian food retailer to fully stop selling primary oil plastic bags. This step is inspired by O`KEY’s environmental concerns and the introduction of new Live Green corporate policy requirements.

As an alternative, O`KEY’s customers will be offered 10 packaging options which will be introduced at O`KEY hypermarkets throughout Q1 2020. This will include biodegradable corn starch and 100%-recycled plastic bags, as well as reusable shopping bags of various capacities – from heavy-duty paper bags to jute, cotton, nylon and PVC durable items. By the end of February, the hypermarket chain will have completely stopped selling primary oil plastic shopping bags.

One of these packaging types – cotton bags – will feature O`KEY’s Kind Purchase campaign, launched at the end of last year and raising RUB 7 million of donations. Other bags, featuring a drawing by the winner of the children’s drawing competition, “A Kind Purchase Through the Eyes of a Child”, will be offered across O`KEY chain on a continuous basis. Some proceeds from the sale of these bags will be donated to Rusfond to help seriously ill children.

Through completely refusing plastic bags, O`KEY will further minimise its environmental footprint. Over four trillion plastic bags are used globally each year, with their natural decomposition taking between 400 and 700 years, therefore leading to incessant pollution. Some 40 countries have legally banned or restricted the use of such bags. So far, Russia has not imposed any official restrictions on using primary oil plastic bags.