Woolies to dump wasteful plastic packaging

Woolworths plans to phase out unnecessary use of single-use plastics and commits to its packaging being either reusable or recyclable by 2022.

Woolworths is committed to completely phasing out single-use plastic shopping bags by 2020.

Group head of sustainability at Woolworths, Firoz Koor chats to CapeTalk's John Maytham about the plans.

John asks why not phase it out within a month and questions why it is going to take until 2022.

Koor says the deadlines were set because the group overwhelmingly feels a behaviour change is required among shoppers.

It's not too far in the distant future, but it gives us enough runway to start immediately put trials in place.

Firoz Koor, Group head of sustainability at Woolworths

He says they have also spent time with local suppliers developing low-cost reusable bags.

It must be affordable for people to buy the reusable bags. We didn't want that to be a barrier for people coming into the store.

Firoz Koor, Group head of sustainability at Woolworths

These bags are made from 85% recyclable PET plastic.

So when there are no bags in store totally, customers are ready for it.

Firoz Koor, Group head of sustainability at Woolworths

John questions whether customer reaction is a meaningful part of the equation and surely this change has been decided because it is the right thing to do.

But Koor insists Woolworths wants to ensure the customer is taken along on the process with the store and is ready for the change.

I remain unconvinced that you need an 18-month lead-in period for this.

John Maytham, CapeTalk presenter

Kppr says Woolworths aims at a nationwide change and does not believe any retail store is able to do so within one month.

Listeners messaged and said customers are lazy and if a plastic bag is available to purchase they have that option. If they are not available, shoppers would make another plan.

Cutlery and straws are on their way out and my mid-July Woolies restaurants will have no single-use plastic items.

Take a listen to what Woolies has to say:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Woolies to dump wasteful plastic packaging


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