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Past Supermarket: Woolworths returns paper bags for the first time in 40 years

Past Supermarket: Woolworths returns paper bags for the first time in 40 years

  • Supermarket giant Woolworths has reintroduced paper bags at the checkout
  • Woolies said the paper bags were part of the series of environmentally friendly initiatives
  • The bags are made from 70 percent recycled paper and contain six kilos

A huge change is coming to Woolworths as the supermarket returns paper bags for the first time in 40 years.

The store added paper bags to its eco-friendly range on Wednesday in response to continued customer demand.

The new bags are made from 70 percent recycled paper and cost 20 cents each.

Woolworths has reintroduced paper bags (shown) for 20 cents apiece following strong customer demand for more eco-friendly options

Woolworths has reintroduced paper bags (shown) for 20 cents apiece following strong customer demand for more eco-friendly options

Claire Peters, general manager of Woolworths Supermarkets, said the paper bag reintroduction came after extensive consultations with their customer base.

“These paper bags resonated very well with customers when we tested them in 20 stores last year,” she said.

“We expect a positive response from customers who have asked for this option nationwide.”

The supermarket giant said that all the paper used had been responsibly sourced and that a mix of non-recycled and recycled paper had made the bags extra strong.

Extensive testing has also revealed that the new paper bags can hold up to six pounds of groceries.

Plans are now underway to extend the option to Woolworths online customers for home delivery and collection.

Since Woolworths started phasing out single-use plastic bags in 2018, more than 6 billion have been withdrawn from circulation.

The new Woolworths (Bondi Junction store shown) paper bags are made from 70 percent recycled paper and can hold up to six kilograms of groceries

The new Woolworths (Bondi Junction store pictured) paper bags are made from 70 percent recycled paper and can hold up to six pounds of groceries

The new Woolworths (Bondi Junction store shown) paper bags are made from 70 percent recycled paper and can hold up to six kilograms of groceries

Data from the supermarket giant also found that only 15 percent of customers purchase a new plastic bag at the checkout.

The latest eco-friendly move comes after the company announces that it will try out a new initiative called ‘Loop’ next year.

Australian buyers can receive products of their favorite brands in reusable containers and deliver them directly to their door.

Products include washing powder, shampoo, juice or ice in custom, brand-specific and sustainable packaging.

The packaging is then collected or dropped back into the store, cleaned, refilled and reused, creating a ‘looped’ shopping system.

The Loop trial will begin in mid-2021 and will be fully launched later in the year.

Plans are also underway to introduce the paper bag option for online deliveries (Woolworths delivery driver pictured in Sydney)

Plans are also underway to introduce the paper bag option for online deliveries (Woolworths delivery driver pictured in Sydney)

Plans are also underway to introduce the paper bag option for online deliveries (Woolworths delivery driver pictured in Sydney)

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