Woolies’ mammoth task: meet the workers helping to fight plastic
A feel-good story of job satisfaction, reduction of plastic waste and, most importantly, preserving livelihoods
I do so love a factory visit.
I was 16 when I toured a commercial bread plant for the first time. Not with a school group — I tagged along with my friend and her mother, the formidable KZN-based consumer journalist Colleen Shearer, who had been invited to witness the process after taking up a consumer’s complaint about finding a foreign object in her loaf.
No doubt that fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse had a lot to do with my career choice. To this day I leap at the chance to see how things are produced and interact with the people who get the cars, infant formula, organic veggies, milk or made-from-plastic fabric to the factory exit...