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Morrisons UK offers paper carrier bags to all customers

UK supermarket Morrisons will offer paper carrier bags to all its customers in its latest move against plastic. It says the move is part of its “continuing drive to remove unnecessary plastic from its stores”. It comes after an eight-week trial in selected Morrisons stores, during which the paper bags …

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Retailers would welcome nationwide plastic bag ban

The NRA has welcomed Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s proposal to implement a single-use plastic bag ban nationwide from 2021. National Retail Association Manager of Industry David Stout says the retail sector applauds laws that are consistent across the country and allow enough time to avoid disruption. “Retailers are happy to …

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Hobart to become Australia’s first plastic-free city?

Hobart could become the first Aussie city to ban single-use plastics by 2020 after a vote in the city council. The council voted eight to four in favour of the bylaw, although several hurdles remain before it would come into force. In fact, the entire statutory process could take up …

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UK’s Waitrose aiming to eradicate black plastic

UK supermarket chain Waitrose says it has hit its target to remove black plastic from hundreds of products. The supermarket’s overall aim is to eradicate black plastic from all its own-label products. It’s now removed hard-to-recycle black plastic on its fresh meat, fish, poultry, fruit and vegetables. This adds up …

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1.5bn single-use plastic bags saved in 4 months

A total of 1.5 billion single-use plastic bags have been saved since July, says the National Retail Association (NRA). This staggering figure emerged once major supermarkets put their self-imposed bans into action in the winter. Woolworths’ and Coles’ voluntary bans also coincided with a state-wide government ban coming into effect …

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Woolworths first-quarter results reflect ‘underlying health’, says CEO

Woolworths Group CEO Brad Banducci has hailed the supermarket’s ‘strong’ metrics and praised customers for weathering single-use plastic-bag ban. He was commenting on Woolworths’ first-quarter sales results for the financial year 2019 14 weeks to 30 September 2018 (Q1’19). In a statement, Woolworths Group listed its progress against “key priorities”, …

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A third of urban Australians prefer eco-friendly packaging

A third (32 per cent) of urban Australians prefer to buy products sold in eco-friendly packaging, according to new research. Research company Mintel also found that 34 per cent of urban Australians prefer products made by sustainable sourcing methods. The findings come at a time when the issue of plastic …

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No more plastic bags for NZ’s Foodstuffs

New Zealand grocery distributor Foodstuffs has announced that all its retail and wholesale brands will stop offering plastic checkout bags. The bag ban will start on January 1, 2019. Among its brands are New World, PAK’nSAVE, Four Square, Raeward Fresh, Gilmours, Trents, Henry’s and On The Spot convenience stores. Liquorland …

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Harris Farm Markets calls for bag ban after Coles U-turn

Harris Farm Markets has renewed its call for a ban on single-use plastic bags after Coles pledged to give out reusable plastic bags indefinitely. “We’re really disappointed by the decision from Coles Supermarkets this morning to backflip on their plastic-bag ban and give out reusable plastic bags free of charge …

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Points are in the bag for Woolies and Coles customers

Customers who bring their own reusable bags when shopping at Woolworths or Coles will earn bonus points for their eco efforts via the supermarkets respective loyalty programs. Woolworths customers will earn two Rewards points for every shopping bag they bring with them to use in-store – for up to 30 …

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