Teen takes box cause on­line

Southern Telegraph - - News - Stu­art Hor­ton

A Singleton teen has called on the big su­per­mar­kets to make boxes read­ily avail­able for cus­tomers fol­low­ing WA’s plas­tic bag ban.

Fif­teen-year-old Lu­cas Martin was in­spired to start an on­line pe­ti­tion af­ter a visit to Bun­nings.

“At Bun­nings they don’t hand out plas­tic bags but of­fer boxes. Why can’t Coles and Wool­worths do this in­stead of try­ing to make us pay for bags?” he said.

A Coles spokesman said the re­tailer was “sin­cerely grate­ful” to cus­tomers who have been part of the tran­si­tion to say no to sin­gle-use plas­tic bags and yes to re­us­able al­ter­na­tive, but there were no plans to make boxes avail­able.

“Most Coles fresh pro­duce is de­liv­ered in re­us­able plas­tic crates. We would not have enough suit­able cardboard boxes to guar­an­tee this op­tion for cus­tomers around Aus­tralia,” they said.

Wool­worths did not re­spond to the Sound Tele­graph’s ques­tions.

See Lu­cas’ pe­ti­tion at https://www.change.org/p/ shop­pers-su­per­mar­kets-of­fer­card­board-boxes-to-shop­per­sas-a-free-and-re­us­able-op­tion.

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