Woolworths customers nationwide now have the option of purchasing paper shopping bags to carry their shopping home in.
The new carry bags, which were trialled at a number of Woolworths stores last year, have been introduced to meet growing customer demand for alternatives which can be easily recycled in household curb side collection. Claimed to be made from 70 per cent recycled paper, the bags are being sold at cost for 20 cents, in addition to Woolworths’ Bag for Good, reusable plastic bags, and foldable bags.
All paper used is said to have been sourced responsibly, as certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, with non-recycled paper used in conjunction with recycled paper to provide a stronger structure. The bags, says Woolworths, have been tested to carry up to 6kg worth of groceries.
“While the vast majority of our customers bring their own bags, we know customers sometimes drop by a store unplanned or can forget their bags when they’re on the run,” says Woolworths Supermarkets Managing Director Claire Peters.
“For some time, customers have told us they’d like the option of a strong paper bag option, so we’re pleased to now offer that choice at our checkouts, alongside our existing reusable plastic bags.
“These paper bags resonated really well with customers when we trialled them in 20 stores last year and we expect to see a positive response from the customers who’ve been asking for this option nationwide.”
According to Woolworths, plans are underway to extend the option of paper bags to the retailer’s online customers for home delivery and pick up.