At last an end to single-use plastic bags – New Zealand

Posted on October 9, 2017 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations

COMMENT: Finally we are joining the rest of the world and starting to reduce plastic bags.

Source: Kerre McIvor: At last an end to single-use plastic bags

Foodstuffs, the company that operates the New World, 4 Square and Pak’nSave brands, launched an initiative last month asking its customers what action should be taken on plastic bags.

And this week, opposition supermarket chain Countdown went one further.

It announced that from the end of 2018, single-use plastic bags would be banned from its Countdown, SuperValue and FreshChoice stores, which would remove 350 million bags from the environment every year.

Although I have the best of intentions, it’s usually only when I get to the checkout that I remember I should have brought a bag with me. I have fancy jute bags and canvas bags in my cupboard but they’re absolutely no use there when it comes time to take my shopping home.

People tell me to leave the bags in the car but you have to bring the groceries inside, which means the bags come inside too – and once they’re in the house, there they stay. I’m sure that when I no longer have an option I’ll remember to take my reusables with me.