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Woolworths’ new move to counter criticism over plastic bag ban

Woolworths’ new move to counter criticism over plastic bag ban

Woolworths has quietly introduced paper bags at selected stores as an alternative to plastic reusable ones.

Speaking to news.com.au, a spokeswoman from Woolworths said the trial is currently being conducted in 21 stores.

They are priced at 20 cents each, are reusable and recyclable – although they are priced higher than the 15 cent reusable plastic bags available in every store around the country.

“The vast majority of our customers bring their own bags to shop, but we know there are occasions when they forget or visit our stores unplanned,” said the spokeswoman.

“Some customers have told us they would like the option of a paper bag when this happens.

“We’re trialling paper bags in around 20 stores to test customer demand and will closely monitor feedback as we do.”

The spokeswoman revealed that the plastic bags will still be available for customers to purchase.

The paper bags are made from 80 per cent recycled and 20 per cent virgin paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). They are also recyclable.

After news broke that the supermarket giant will be offering paper bags, shoppers took to social media to voice their thoughts.

“Everything old is new again. We had this before and we changed to plastic bags to save the trees,” wrote on user on Facebook.

“Back to the 50s, 40s, 60s, we go,” said another.