Reusable plastic bags being phased out by Woolies – Australia

Reusable plastic bags being phased out by Woolies – Australia

Posted on August 11, 2022 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations


South Australia will be one of the first states to voluntarily phase out 15-cent reusable plastic shopping bags across Woolworths stores and online orders, following the retailer’s commitment to phase out the bags nationwide – a first for a major national supermarket. The change will also simultaneously take place in the Northern Territory.

Over the coming weeks, the supermarket will gradually run down stock of the reusable plastic shopping bags across South Australia and the Northern Territory, in a move that will see more than 916 tonnes of plastic removed from circulation annually.

Eight in every ten Woolworths customers already bring their own bags when they shop, and the retailer is continuing to encourage customers to bring their own bags to boost sustainability, rather than buying them in store. Woolworths’ paper bags made from at least 70 percent recycled paper will remain available to those who need them.

Woolworths was the first major national supermarket to remove single use plastic bags from stores in 2018, introducing the 15-cent reusable plastic shopping bag to help customers adjust to the change. With shopping habits evolving significantly since, the reusable plastic bags have now played their part.