someone holding a clear plastic container full of green vegetables

Auckland grocery chain Farro is doing its part in reducing plastic packaging by launching a BYO containers initiative. Customers are encouraged to bring their own containers to the store for filling up instead of using the plastic on offer.

“Introducing BYO containers is another step towards reducing plastic waste. We are always looking for tangible ways to live more sustainably and are encouraging Farro customers to take this step and try using their own containers,” commented Janene Draper, co-founder of Farro.

The business now has 100 percent compostable bags at checkouts, and customers are increasingly using the re-usable options the store provides.

Along with encouraging customers to have better environmental practices, the Farro brand is moving toward sustainable in-store practices. The company has reduced the amount of waste it sends to landfills by 75 percent over the last three years. It’s achieved this through in-store policies, conversations with suppliers, and encouraging customers to make more environmentally-friendly choices.

Tasting events in-store are using wooden cutlery and recyclable wine cups, reducing the amount of single-use plastic that ends up in landfills. Farro’s coffee cups are also commercially compostable.

“These are simple steps that continue the conversation with our customers about making positive choices for the environment,” says Draper.

Other ways you can make more eco-friendly choices while grocery shopping include:

  • Choosing loose food over pre-packaged items.
  • Bringing your own bags from home.
  • Shopping at stores that allow you to BYO container – Farro, Wholefood Refillery, some Bin Inns – see what’s available in your area.
  • Re-use, recycle, and compost where you can.

Learn about what can be recycled and what can’t – you might be surprised!