Supermarket Giants Phase Out Single-Use Plastic Bags

Coles To Also Ban Plastic Bags Australia-Wide

Coles To Also Ban Plastic Bags Australia-Wide

Dan Murphy's and Cellarmasters are already single-use plastic bag free.

Coles have revealed on Friday they are ditching plastic shopping bags, just hours after major competitor Woolworths announced the same ban.

While Woolworths announced the plastic bag ban earlier on Friday, their ban will only include New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia stores to line with those in states and territories where a ban on plastic bags has been legislated, where the ban will not include Queensland.

Greenpeace's "Ban the Bag" campaign attracted nearly 100,000 signatures in its effort to cut down on the estimated 50 million plastic bags that end up in Australian waterways each year.

"We now give out more than 3.2 billion lightweight plastic bags a year and hence can play a significant role in reducing overall plastic bag usage", Mr Banducci said.

WHILE supermarket giant Woolworths is selling its plan to phase out single use plastic bags as an important step for the environment, it is also a significant commercial move.

"This announcement by Woolworths shows they are serious about their responsibilities as one of Australia's largest supermarket chains", Wockner said.

Coles will also stop handing out single-use bags within the next 12 months.

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"We've been working towards this announcement for some time now as part of our ongoing program to improve environmental outcomes throughout our business", said Coles Chief Customer Officer Simon McDowell.

Coles will continue to provide a range of reusable bags at different prices.

The move was announced on Friday, and is part of the group's ecological drive.

The plan to remove plastic bags from supermarkets has been a long process in Australia.

"The overwhelming majority of Australians support a ban on single-use plastic bags - which are only used for minutes on average, but then take up to a thousand years to decompose". "Really, the only ones giving them out now at the supermarket level are Woolies and Coles".

Aldi supermarkets have implemented this method since opening in 2001.

Woolworths said more durable, re-usable plastic bags would be made available at a cost of 15 cents, along with multi-use hessian bags available.

It is estimated that tens of millions of plastic bags end up in Australia's waste streams every year and are frequently ingested by wildlife.

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