If you Google Anglesea IGA you will discover this was the first Australian supermarket to become truly sustainable, banning plastic bags years ahead of its time. It’s a classic, coastal shopping centre, located in the centre of the Anglesea shopping precinct, so close to the ocean you can feel the sea breeze on your face. The store has been family-owned for 37 years, with father Peter Calvert handing the reigns to his son Ryan in recent times. Peter and Ryan trialed the Supercart trolleys in their store during the Green Living Festival and this is what customers had to say.
One of Melbourne’s renowned supermarkets in the heart of bustling North Fitzroy, Piedimonte’s is an institution for quality Italian produce and wide variety of products available throughout the store, and with a heritage going back almost 60 years. Store owner Joe Piedimonte recently purchased a set of lightweight, user-friendly shopping trolleys from Supercart to enhance the customer experience in his North Fitzroy store and we thought it might be good to check in on the customers and Joe to see their feedback.
Former Brand Power Australia presenter Sally Williams has joined local shopping trolley manufacturer Supercart Australia to continue the Big Push for a more sustainable nation.
The popular 3AW presenter and TV personality has joined Supercart as its first ambassador, a partnership designed to create more awareness of the sustainable shopping trolleys which are made from recycled plastic milk bottles.
The trolleys are already gaining attention in Australian supermarkets with a number of independent business owners and supermarket giants having replaced their steel- trolleys with the range of products created by Supercart Australia.
Key points about Supercart Australia trolleys:
- Each 180-litre shopping trolley is manufactured using 154 recycled 2-litre milk bottles otherwise destined for recycling depots or landfill.
- The manufacturing process uses significantly less water and energy than the equivalent steel trolley with the accompanying benefit of reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
- They are typically 30% lighter than steel trolleys resulting in a pleasant shopping experience and are proudly made in Australia.
- Supercart is the leading manufacturer of shopping trolleys and baskets in South Africa with a history dating back more than 30 years.
“We need Australians to get behind the Big Push, moving decision-makers to improve their response to sustainability which is so important in protecting our environment.” – Supercart Australia ambassador Sally Williams
Supercart Australia Technical Director Louw Van Tonder said the partnership with Sustainable Sally brought together two brands committed to sustainability.
“We are delighted to be involved with Sally who represents the values and ideals we have about our products. Like many Australian manufacturers we are concerned about our environment, its future, and the role we all play in creating positive change,” Mr Van Tonder said.
“We need everyone to get behind our Big Push for sustainability and create lasting change.”
Williams, who has a regular sustainability segment on 3AW and Vasili’s Garden TV show on 7Two, said her ambassadorship was an opportunity to draw attention to manufacturers who play an integral role in sustainable practices.
“The team at Supercart Australia has been doing an amazing job developing products which lead to more sustainability, especially in the supermarket space where we all can do our little bit for the planet,” she said.
“We need more Australians to make conscious decisions about sustainability, but we need shoppers to pressure supermarket owners and big business decision-makers about their responsibility to do more to protect the planet.
“Supercart has a proud track record spanning more than two decades and have now chosen to be sustainable by only offering trolleys made from recycled plastic. It’s time Australians did more to support businesses who act responsibly, and I’m thrilled to be involved with the team and its vision.”
Keep an eye out for our editorial on sustainable shopping trolleys that will be featured in the sustainability section of Retail World's March 2019 edition.
With many local councils having to resort to sending recyclables to landfill, Supercart Australia manufactures shopping trolleys via upcycling of some of these waste materials. Every 1,000 of our large trolleys removes 154,000 used 2L milk bottles (nearly 7 tons of plastic) from the waste cycle.
Supercart Australia is serious about sustainability. Are you?
SPAR branded Superbaskets inside as well as at the entrance to Suffolk Park SPAR near Byron Bay (courtesy of Ben and Justin).
Visit SPAR Suffolk Park. Meet up with the friendly store owners Ben and Justin, grab yourself a Superbasket and pick up a great selection of products the store has to offer.
Upcycle your shopping trolleys to Supercart’s new generation, hybrid shopping trolleys, now made locally from Food Grade, FDA approved, recycled plastic (milk bottles).
We’ve busted the misconception that products labelled as ‘green’ or ‘sustainable’ are in some way inferior with our trolleys made from recycled HDPE. In fact, our trolleys perform to an extremely high standard, so the included recycled material is simply the icing on the cake.
Piedimonte’s Supermarket in North Fitzroy is the first Supermarket in Australia with these trolleys which enhances their existing fleet and demonstrates their commitment to the community values.
Since the launch of our Hybrid Shopping Trolleys, the Boatshed Market welcomed the arrival of their fleet of branded Mini-Hybrid and Mid-Size Hybrid Shopping Trolleys.
Supercart Australia launch of our Australian Made Hybrid Shopping Trolleys at the Inside Retail Live Expo (MCEC), March 2018.