Paper or plastic? Woolworths goes old school with paper shopping bags

Paper shopping bags are making a comeback at Woolworths as an alternative to reusable plastic bags.

In 20 stores across the country, Woolworths will be trialling the new paper bags for groceries, giving shoppers another option at the checkout.

Costing 20 cents each, the paper bags are said to be made from 80 per cent recycled material and 20 per cent virgin paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which can be recycled in kerbside collection.

“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,” a Woolworths spokesperson told Canstar Blue.

“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.”

Woolworths is continuing to offer customers its ‘Bag for Good’ for 99 cents, which can be replaced for free when it gets damaged, no matter when the customer bought it.

It also has 15 cent reusable plastic bags that can be recycled through REDcycle at each store location.

Since the phase out of single-use plastic bags in June 2018, more than 3 billion bags have been taken out of circulation, according to Woolworths.

List of Woolworths stores with paper bags

Here is a list of Woolworths stores in which the paper bags are being trialled at:

  • Rouse Hill, NSW
  • Marrickville Metro, NSW
  • Town Hall, NSW
  • Neutral Bay, NSW
  • Double Bay, NSW
  • Bondi, NSW
  • Rozelle, NSW
  • Coogee, NSW
  • Paddington, NSW
  • Rose Bay, NSW
  • Cairns, QLD
  • Surfers Paradise, QLD
  • Pacific Fair, QLD
  • South Yarra, VIC
  • QV, VIC
  • Burwood Brickworks, VIC
  • Armadale, VIC
  • Black Rock, VIC
  • Hawksburn, VIC
  • St Kilda, VIC
  • Hawthorn, VIC

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