JUST IN | Pietermaritzburg Woolies branches ditch single-use plastic bags

Woolworths has launched a ‘low cost’ reusable bag in food stores.
Woolworths has launched a ‘low cost’ reusable bag in food stores.

If you shop at Woolworths at Woodburn Square, Hayfields and Cascades Centre, be warned that these stores will be joining Midlands Mall as being single-use plastic shopping bag free from 9 November. So, remember to take your own bags with, or be prepared to buy a bag.

In a statement on Thursday, they said that despite Covid-19 lockdown disruptions, this is part of a 121 national store single-use plastic shopping bag free rollout in response to Woolworths’ commitment to phase out single-use plastic bags.

"Since making this commitment Woolworths has launched a ‘low cost’ reusable bag in food stores and a paper bag for its fashion, beauty and home purchases and has successfully switched 25 stores to being single-use plastic shopping bag free.  Both bags are made locally by supplier development beneficiaries and constructed from either fabric made from recycled plastic (PET) or Forest Stewardship Council® - certified recycled content, sourced from the same mill where Woolworths (FSC N002141) sends its recyclable cardboard and paper."

Woolworths said the upcoming rollout will result in 146 stores being single-use plastic shopping bag free which is "a substantial move to reaching our goal of removing all single use plastic shopping bags from our stores", said Feroz Koor: Woolworths Holdings Group Head of Sustainability.

“Smart, sustainable solutions often take time to get off the ground but when they do, they change our world for the better instantly.  While Covid 19 has impacted our roll out, we remain committed in our journey to remove single use plastic from our stores. Together with our customers we are looking forward to removing all single use plastic bags from our stores,” said Koor.

The resuable bag costs R6,49 a pop. 

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