DURBAN - After a six month trial in four of its Western Cape stores, including the launch of their first plastic bag free store, Woolworths will be rolling out its new low-cost, reusable bag to more stores across the country as well as announcing three more ‘plastic shopping bag free’ stores.
During the trial, which was launched in November 2018, over 100 000 single-use bags were saved from going out into the environment as customers opted for affordable, reusable shopping bags. Steenberg Village Woolies stopped selling single use plastic bags completely.
The project, which aims to positively shift consumer behaviour to choosing reusable bags, is an important part of Woolworths commitments to achieve its ambitious ZERO packaging waste to landfill vision, which includes the commitment to ensuring that all packaging is recyclable or reusable by 2022, and to specifically phase out single-use plastic bags by 2020.
"We want to thank our customers for taking part in the trial and giving us valuable feedback and learnings. This journey to phase out single-use plastics is one that we have to take together, and it has been fantastic to see Woolies customers coming on board to help reduce plastic waste in the environment. At the stores where customers had the option to keep buying single-use plastic bags, we saw promising reductions in plastic bag sales, particularly at Woolies Pinelands where there was a 23 percent drop in the sales of single-use plastic bags. We look forward now to expanding the project for greater impact.," said Feroz Koor, the Woolworths Holdings Group Head of Sustainability.
From May, the more affordable reusable shopping bags will be rolled out to 15 additional top Woolies stores across the country.