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This week we shine the spotlight on Heineken as our brand of the week, for their Heineken Green Zones and innovative bottle design. We are celebrating their commitment to sustainability and community development. Their latest initiative, Heineken Green Zones, in partnership with The Greenpop Foundation, highlights the brand’s dedication to promoting sustainability and community development. These Green Zones, does not only feature indigenous plants but also incorporate food gardens and inspiring art installations. The significant investment in community development reflects Heineken’s contribution to creating positive social and environmental impact.

Heineken Green Zone, Sakhikhaya Youth Development Centre in Lawley

Strategic Rollout and Impact

The rollout of Heineken Green Zones has commenced in Lawley and Eldorado Park in Johannesburg, as well as Phillipi in Cape Town. By transforming vacant spaces into blooming community centres, Heineken aims to inspire sustainable behaviours and foster a sense of environmental care among residents.

The initiative is expected to cover over 30,000 square meters of land in its initial phase, marking a significant step towards creating greener and more sustainable urban environments. Additionally, Heineken plans to launch five Green Zones in this year and another five in 2025.

Empowering Communities

At the Green Zone Launch in Lawley, Marcel Swain, Marketing Manager: Premium Beer at HEINEKEN Beverages emphasized the importance of community engagement in the selection of Green Zone locations. He highlighted the brand’s commitment to identifying areas with strong community buy-in and potential for sustainable growth. By actively involving local residents in the decision-making process, Heineken aims to ensure that the Green Zones serve as catalysts for positive change and community empowerment.

“The launch of the Green Zone falls under our global initiative ‘Brew a Better World’. It speaks to our commitment to community upliftment and development. By transforming vacant spaces into thriving Green Zones,  we are fostering sustainable behaviours and creating impactful change within communities”.

Heineken Green Zone , Sakhikhaya Youth Development Centre in Lawley

Sakhikhaya Youth Development Centre, a Beacon of Hope

One of the primary beneficiaries of the Heineken Green Zones initiative is the Sakhikhaya Youth Development Centre in Lawley. Centre Manager, Sihle Dasi shared how the initiative has personally impacted her and the community.

“Sakhikhaya has changed my life, it has aligned me with my purpose and higher self. It’s a place where individuals can express themselves freely, discover their potential, and embark on their healing journey”.

Sihle also adds that Sakhikhaya offers a range of programs focused on food security, sports development, and social support, including mental health services. By providing a safe and nurturing environment, Sakhikhaya empowers young people to overcome challenges and pursue their dreams.

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Innovative Bottle Design by Heineken

In addition to the Heineken Green Zones, Heineken has unveiled a new innovative bottle design for its beer bottles in South Africa. The 650ml returnable “Star Bottle” features the brand’s iconic star deeply etched into the glass. This innovative design not only enhances the brand’s visual identity but also reinforces its efforts to reduce single-use glass consumption and promote a circular economy.

Driving Sustainable Change

Bhavna Mistry, Senior Brand Manager for Heineken, emphasized the significance of the new bottle design in reducing environmental impact.

“The new bottle design is a symbol of our commitment to sustainability. With nearly two-thirds of our beer portfolio transitioning to returnable bottles, we are making significant strides towards reducing single-use glass consumption and promoting a circular economy. This decision aligns with our goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2040, positioning Heineken as a leader in sustainable brewing practices”.

Additionally, Marcel highlighted, “Our decision to introduce returnable bottles in South Africa is also about creating a cultural shift. Through our ‘Fields Green with Grass not Glass’ campaign, we’re not only clearing glass but replacing it with fields of grass”.

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