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Woolworths, Coles and Harris Farm ban the bag in Australia

Mon 17 July 2017

The Boomerang Alliance, including the Australian Marine Conservation Society, has welcomed the announcement that Woolworths, Coles and Harris Farm will ban lightweight plastic bags nationally from July 2018. Woolworths currently provide 3.2 billion plastic bags through their supermarkets annually.

‘This is a very welcome and significant decision and we urge other retailers to follow suite.’ said said Jeff Angel, director of the Boomerang Alliance

‘There are now only three States, NSW, Victoria and Western Australia, who have yet to ban lightweight plastic bags, it's imperative that those State Governments to act to ban the bag. They should act when they all meet on 28 July.’

‘It makes no sense to resist this, with the major supermarkets chains in their states planning to ban plastic bags.’

Removing plastic bags in Australia is a significant first step in reducing this countries disposable plastic use and reducing threats to wildlife. Over 3 million tonnes of plastic is used in Australia every year, with most disposable plastics either landfilled or littered. It is estimated that between 100,000 and 120,000 tonnes of disposable plastic is littered annually. That is equivalent to 2.4 kgs per person in Australia.

‘The alternative to lightweight single use plastic bags is to bring your own bag to the shops, an easy and practical solution to reduce plastic pollution.’

‘We do however think Woolworths should go beyond their plan to introduce thicker 55 micron bags at a 15 cents charge and urge that they replace this with fully proven reusable bag so the whole community adapts and use only genuinely reusable bags.’

The Boomerang Alliance recommends that these major supermarket chains and other retailers see this ban as the first step in a movement to reduce the use of single use, disposable plastics. A review into plastic packaging of fresh food should be instigated with the aim of removing or replacing all unnecessary packaging.

 

Encourage them to take the next step!

This is a big step in the right direction from some of the largest distributors of plastic bags in Australia. Send them your thanks and encourage them to take the next step!

Suggested Talking Points:

  1. Thank them for helping protect our oceans and our marine life by banning single use plastic bags.

  2. Ask them to go one step further, and provide fully reusable non-plastic bags as alternatives.

  3. Ask them to donate a portion of the profits from selling bags at checkout to marine conservation charities such as the Australian Marine Conservation Society.

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