Massive change to shopping in Australia as Woolworths stops selling plastic shopping bags nationwide
- Woolworths to gradually phase out its 15c reusable plastic bags across its stores
- Supermarket giant will stop selling them over the course of the next year
- Managing director Natalie Davis said eight out of 10 customers used own bags
Woolworths will gradually phase out its 15c reusable plastic bags over the next year.
The supermarket giant announced it will soon only sell 20c paper or 99c fabric bags across all its stores in Australia.
Managing director Natalie Davis said 80 per cent of customers were already bringing in their own bags to carry groceries.
‘We’ve seen a huge shift in shopping habits since we stopped giving out single-use plastic bags, with eight out of 10 customers now bringing their own bags from home,’ she said.
Woolworths will gradually phase out its 15c reusable plastic bags over the next year
‘The reusable plastic bags have played their part and now it’s time to do away with selling plastic shopping bags at our checkouts for good.’
Light-weight plastic bags will still be available to package fruits and vegetables.
Ms Davis said supermarkets would also raise signs encouraging customers to bring their own shopping bags to cut down on plastic waste.
‘Ultimately, we want to sell less bags,’ she said.
‘We know the change may be an adjustment for some customers and that’s why we’re phasing this change in over the coming year.
‘We’d like to thank them in advance for their support as we all work together to create a better tomorrow.’
Woolworths stopped providing single-use plastic bags in 2018.
Western Australia stores will be among the first in the country to introduce the massive overhaul with a statewide ban on plastic bags coming into effect in July.
‘This change will see more than 30 million plastic bags removed from circulation in WA every year — which is a big win for the health of our oceans and waterways,’ Woolworths state general manager Karl Weber said.
The supermarket giant announced it will soon only sell 20c paper or 99c fabric bags across all its stores in Australia
‘While our paper bags will continue to be available, the most sustainable bag you can use is the reusable one you bring from home.’
Environment minister Reece Whitby said Western Australia was leading the way on banning single-use plastics across the country.
‘Western Australia has a strong track record on reducing single-use plastics in the environment, and was named the top jurisdiction in the country two years in a row by WWF Australia, for the work that is being done,’ he said.
‘The WA community has shown overwhelming support for this — and I would like to thank everyone, including Woolworths, who have embraced these important changes.’
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