New World matches ri­val on plas­tic

Marlborough Express - - BUSINESS - RACHEL CLAY­TON

Su­per­mar­ket chain New World will go plas­tic bag free by the end of 2018 af­ter the re­sults of its BagVote showed peo­ple don’t want bags at all.

BagVote orig­i­nally asked New World cus­tomers if they wanted a charge of 10 cents or 5c, or no charge, on sin­gle-use plas­tic bags.

The ma­jor­ity asked for a 10c charge, but an over­whelm­ing num­ber of shop­pers con­tacted New World’s owner, Food­stuffs, ask­ing for a to­tal ban op­tion.

Last week, Count­down an­nounced it would ban sin­gle-use plas­tic bags by 2018, but Food­stuffs North Is­land chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris Quin said he would have banned the bag any­way.

‘‘We were out five weeks ago with the BagVote so I sus­pect Count­down might have re­sponded to that ac­tu­ally,’’ he said.

‘‘What we re­ally have to do is work to­gether with cus­tomers to change shop­ping habits so cus­tomers bring a re­us­able bag into the store.’’

Quin said New World would start to min­imise other plas­tic pack­ag­ing in stores over the next 18 months.

‘‘We don’t think ban­ning sin­gle-use plas­tic bags by a cer­tain date is enough. Gen­uinely get­ting plas­tic out of the en­vi­ron­ment needs more ac­tion than that,’’ he said.

Quin said health and safety con­cerns, cost, and tim­ing needed to be looked at.

New World will give away 2 mil­lion re­us­able bags over sum­mer, based on dif­fer­ent pro­mo­tions such as how much shop­pers spend.

On Fe­bru­ary 1 next year, it will in­tro­duce a vol­un­tary do­na­tion of 10c per plas­tic bag at New World, which will go to en­vi­ron­men­tal causes such as Sea Clean­ers.

Stores will con­tinue the 5c re­bate for each re­us­able bag in North Is­land New World stores. Re­bates for the South Is­land were be­ing looked at.

More than 171,200 peo­ple voted in BagVote, with 76.5 per cent vot­ing for a charge and al­most 24 per cent voted to keep plas­tic bags free.

Food­stuffs North Is­land chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris Quin says he’s com­mit­ted to min­imis­ing plas­tic pack­ag­ing in su­per­mar­kets.

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