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Central Food Hall and Tops wish to create society free of plastic bags

Central Food Hall and Tops wish to create society free of plastic bags and
announce a Plastic Bag free day on every 3rd of the month.
Also stop using plastic straws and change to corn starch straws.
277 branches nationwide aim to reduce the number plastic bags this year by 3 million.


Central Food Hall and Tops, the leading premium supermarket chain is announcing its wish to be a leading green retailer by joining forces with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Together they’ll launch and support the campaign “Tops… Follow your Heart and Save the Environment”, and will stop giving plastic bags to its customers on every 3rd day of the month from August to December 2018. With all 277 branches nationwide joining the campaign, we will reduce the number of plastic bags by a whopping 3 million bags this year. We also stop using plastic straws and change to biodegradable straws made from corn starch. These 100% natural straws which will break down and degrade in just 6 months.



Phattaraporn Phenpraphat,  Executive  Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations of Central Food Retail Company Limited – operators of Central Food Hall and Tops, says ” we received great feedback and support from our  customers during our International Plastic Bag Free Day campaign on July 3rd  2018 in our 193 branches nationwide. We were able to reduce giving and using 480,000 plastic bags in just one day. It’s our intention to start convincing an encouraging all Thais to use re-usable cloth bags and to not only decline plastic bags but to stop using them completely.


From the positive feedback from our customers during “The One Day” campaign, we believe that people realise about the plastic waste problem and want to do their part in preserving the environment, To keep the momentum going, we are working together with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and are launching the campaign: “Tops… Do Good Deeds from the Heart and Save the Environment”. We will stop giving plastic bags to our customers on each 3rd day of the month starting in August until December 2018 in all our 277 branches and Tops Online outlets nationwide. Compared to the 193 outlets of the previous campaign, a significant increase of outlets. Customers are urged to bring their own re-usable cloth grocery bags and will receive 8 bonus points on their One Cards when they do, For customers who forget to bring their own shopping bags, we have paper boxes prepared, of course free of charge. To help the environment and support this fantastic campaign, you can also purchase re-usable cloth grocery bags priced at 29 Baht and up.




To further emphasize that the company is going full force in becoming a totally green retail organization, we also announce the following environmental activities:

  1. From August 1st 2018, we will stop using plastic straws in all branches of Central food hall, Tops and Segafredo coffee shops and change to biodegradable corn starch straws, that are a 100% natural and break down and degrade in only 6 months.
  2. We are a retail organization that doesn’t use foam food containers; in fact, we haven’t used foam food containers since year 2015.
  3. We support the “Say No to Plastic Forks and Spoons” campaign
  4. A promotion campaign in all branches of Segafredo Cafe: “Bring your own cup and get a free upsize of all menu items, which equals to a 10 to 15 Baht discount