Ban on bags
BRIGHT Woolworths will from today join other Woolworths supermarkets from around the country in phasing out single-use plastic shopping bags.
The launch of re-usable bags and the phasing out of plastic straws are among a raft of changes being brought in by the company.
The removal of the singleuse plastic shopping bags will be in place from June 20, and will replace its popular green reusable bags available for customers to purchase in store to a Bag for Good.
Woolworths Bright store manager Jarrad Cottrell said that the Bags for Good will cost 99 cents and if damaged will be replaced for free, no matter when they were bought.
The old bags will then be recycled through the RedCycle program.
All money made from the sales of Woolworths Bag for Good will also fund the Junior Landcare grants program, encouraging young Australians to play an active role in ensuring the sustainable future of their environment.
Landcare Australia chief executive Dr Shane Norrish said that the Woolworths Junior Landcare program will help younger Australians to be more aware of environmental issues in their own backyard.
“They will have the opportunity to have hands-on environmental education in the class and in the schoolyard, which will only help to better future generations,” he said.
“We look forward to seeing applications from schools in the local area when the next grant round is launched in a couple of months’ time.”
Mr Cottrell said that the sale of plastic straws would cease at the Bright store by the end of the year.
“It has been well documented that plastic straws do significant harm to marine wildlife and this move will help reduce the impact of plastics on the marine environment,” he said.
“Across Australia and New Zealand this move will see us remove 134 million straws from circulation each year.”
Woolworths will also continue its ongoing program of plastic reduction in fruit and vegetables, which has seen the removal of 140 tonnes of plastic in the last year in Australia.
A further 80 produce items are earmarked for plastic reduction trials in the next 12 months.