Woolworths has officially banned single-use plastic bags in all stores across NSW, but the public believe the supermarket giant still has some way to go.
The move, which aims to encourage environmental sustainability, is restricted to its checkout bags, and does not include fruit and vegetable packaging.
NSW is one of the last states in Australia to ban the use of plastic bags. From today (Wednesday, June 20) customers need to bring their own bags or purchase canvas bags for 99 cents, or thicker reusable bags for 15 cents.
“It’s a commitment we made to help reduce our impact on the environment and will see the removal of more than 3.2 billion single-use plastic bags from circulation every year,” Woolworths has claimed.
Australian retailers found to be supplying the banned bags face a $6,300 fine, according to the ABC, a light consequence compared to Cameroon, South Africa, and Kenya where the use of plastic may result in jail time.
I'm outraged that we're getting rid of plastic bags to only see pre-packaged bananas in a Woolworths store show on social media. Fresh produce shouldnt be prepackaged at all. The pre-packaging makes them sweat and harder to tell if they are over ripe or not. #PlasticFreeProduce