It’s time to whip out the reusable bags, with Woolworths’ single-use plastic bag ban coming into effect at all stores across the country from today.
The move comes less than a month before Coles follows suit, with the supermarket giant set to ban the bags from July 1.
Woolworths Group CEO Brad Banducci said the company is “proud to be removing more than 3.2 billion single-use plastic bags from circulation every year.”
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“This is a landmark day for us not just as a business, but for our customers and communities, to help support a greener future for Australia,” he said.
“We are proud to say that from now on, single-use plastic bags are gone from our stores, for good.”
Mr Banducci said customers are now encouraged to bring their own reusable bags when shopping.
“We know it may take some time for shoppers to form new habits,” he said, confirming that those who forget to bring their own bags can choose from a range of new alternative shopping bag options.
Some of the options include a new 15 cent reusable bag which is made from at least 80% recycled plastic. There is also an emergency foldable bag and the Woolworths Bag for Good™ which are available for 99 cents.