First its Select range of products and now the humble plastic bag! It's political correctness gone mad I tells ya! Except, you know, it's not. Woolworths had decided to do what's best for the environment and by June 20, it'll have killed off single-use plastic bags in all of its stores.
And it's not just supermarkets — the dump includes BWS and Woolworths petrol outlets, according to a company press release:
The confirmation of the date for the phasing out of bags from stores where a statewide ban hasn’t already been implemented follows the commitment by the Woolworths Group last year that it would end the use of single-use plastic shopping bags in all stores by the end of June 2018.
The release goes on to say that Woolworths Group as a whole uses over 3.2 billion bags a year and 12 stores have already kicked the plastic bag habit (as of April 4):
NSW - Woolworths Marayong, Greenway Village, Dural, Mullumbimby
VIC - Woolworths Wyndham Vale, Taylors Lakes, Toorak
QLD - Woolworths Mossman, Noosa CivicWA - Woolworths Singleton, South Fremantle, Cottesloe
So if you've visited any of these stores recently and been baffled by the lack of bagginess, well, this is why.
For those who forget to bring their own carrying gear, Woolworths has you covered:
Customers ... will have access to a range of alternative shopping bag options in store, including thicker reusable plastic bags at 15 cents and canvas bags at 99 cents.
If you're a Coles diehard, don't worry, the company announced back in mid-2016 that it's working to "improve environmental outcomes throughout [its] business", including plans to phase out the plastic.
Charging for plastic bags at the checkout and even banning disposable plastic bags has been a growing global trend in recent years. So what should we make of the news that retailer Target is binning its own ban on plastic bags due to customer complaints?