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Huge change in shopping in Australia as Woolworths stops selling plastic shopping bags nationwide
- Woolworths is gradually phasing out its 15c reusable plastic bags in its stores
- Supermarket giant will stop selling it in the course of next year
- Managing Director Natalie Davis said eight out of ten customers used their own bags
Woolworths will phase out its 15c reusable plastic bags over the next year.
The supermarket giant announced that it will soon be selling only 20c paper or 99c cloth bags in all its stores in Australia.
Director Natalie Davis said 80 percent of customers already brought their own bags to carry groceries.
“We’ve seen a huge shift in shopping behavior since we stopped distributing single-use plastic bags, with eight in 10 customers now taking their own bags home,” she said.
Woolworths will 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 abolish the sale of plastic shopping bags at our cash registers for good.”
Lightweight plastic bags will still be available to pack fruits and vegetables.
Davis said supermarkets would also put up signs encouraging customers to bring their own shopping bags to reduce plastic waste.
“Ultimately, we want to sell fewer bags,” she says.
“We know that the change may be an adjustment for some customers and so we are implementing this change in the coming year.
“We want to thank them in advance for their support as we all work together to create a better future.”
Woolworths stopped providing single-use plastic bags in 2018.
More to come
The supermarket giant announced that it will soon be selling only 20c paper or 99c cloth bags in all its stores in Australia