Bags no more

By Cobram Courier

Shopping at Woolworths Cobram is now more environmentally-friendly with the store removing its single-use plastic bags on Wednesday.

With the change set in motion in July last year, Woolworths will remove more than 3.2billion single-use plastic bags from circulation every year, supporting a greener Australia.

The change has support from shoppers, with a recent survey showing 74.7 per cent supported removing single-use plastic bags.

Woolworths’ Cobram store manager Craig Kelly said the change had been met with positive feedback.

‘‘From the beginning, we felt strongly that this was the right thing to do and we’re really pleased to see customers are behind the change as well,’’ he said.

‘‘This is a landmark day for our community, to help support a greener future for Australia. We are proud to say that from now on, single-use plastic bags are gone from our store for good.

‘‘What we’re trying to do with this change is encourage more customers to bring their own reusable bags when shopping, so we can prevent plastic bags from reaching our waterways and reduce the overall production of plastics.’’

Customers who forget to bring bags will have access to a range of alternatives, including a new 15¢ reusable bag, made from at least 80 per cent recycled plastic.

There is also an emergency foldable bag and the Woolworths Bag for Good which are available for 99¢.

Money from the sale of the Bag for Good will fund the Junior Landcare grants program, encouraging young Australians to play an active role in the sustainable future of the environment.