Australian supermarket Woolworths has planned to phase out its 15-cent plastic bags in Western Australia by next month, ahead of the state’s inbound bag ban in July.
Woolworths stores across the state will reduce the sale of reusable grocery plastic bags with Australian made paper bags for in-store and online shoppers.
Customers will be able to choose from three different carrier bag options, including its 20% Australian made paper bag, 70% recycled paper bag and the brand’s Bag for Good bag and folded fabric bag.
According to Woolworths State General Manager for Western Australia, Karl Weber, the move will remove more than 30 million plastic bags from circulation in the state.
“The vast majority of our customers are already bringing their own reusable bags to the store, which is the best outcome for the environment, and we encourage customers to keep up the good work.”
Minister of the Environment, Hon. Reece Whitby said: “Western Australia has a strong track record of reducing single-use plastics in the environment and has been named the country’s top jurisdiction two years in a row by WWF Australia, for the work that is done.”
A multi-million dollar partnership with Australian manufacturer Detpak will increase local production of paper bags. The paper bags can contain up to 6 kg and are PEFC certified.
The change will be communicated through signage, radio, print advertising and email alerts to raise awareness and encourage customers to bring their own reusable bags.