The fresh food people have finally made the brave choice to ban plastic bags in Australia.
Currently, the company gives out a whopping 3.2 billion plastic bags annually. The decision will be implemented in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia. Tasmania, the ACT and South Australia have already put bans in place with Queensland planning to follow suit next years.
More durable plastic bags will be made available for 15c, and of course, their green hessian bags will also be available.
The announcement from CEO Brad Banducci said the decision was about doing what was right for the environment:
We've been looking at the feedback we get back from our customers as well as the impact on the environment, and we think it's an incredibly important thing to do.
Banducci’s plan is to start pulling back on single plastic bags from the beginning of next month.
A year might sound like a long time, but actually not considering with what we're trying to do,
Banducci is expecting some backlash from loyal customers, but he believes they will benefit in the long term.
Hopefully as they get into the rhythm of the long term of using their own bag or their reusable plastic bag, they'll find it's a much better way to do their shopping.
The removal of plastic bags which encompasses the whole Woolworth’s group including BIG W and BWS is expected to be completed by June 30th, 2018.
The plan to remove plastic bags from supermarkets has been a long process in Australia. This move by Woolworth is a huge step in the right direction.