Supermarket explosion of the past: Woolworths brings back paper bags for the first time in 40 years


Supermarket explosion of the past: Woolworths brings back paper bags for the first time in 40 years

  • Supermarket giant Woolworths reintroduced paper bags at checkout
  • Woolies said the paper bags were part of his series of eco-friendly initiatives
  • The bags are made from 70% recycled paper and contain six kilograms










A huge change comes to Woolworths as the supermarket brings back paper bags for the first time in 40 years.

The store added paper bags to its eco-friendly line on Wednesday in response to continued customer demand.

The new bags are made from 70% recycled paper and cost 20 cents each.

Woolworths reintroduced the paper bags (pictured) for 20 cents each after strong customer demand for more eco-friendly options

Woolworths Supermarkets chief executive Claire Peters said the re-introduction of the paper bag came after extensive consultation with their customer base.

“These paper bags resonated with customers very well when we tested them in 20 stores last year,” she said.

“We expect to see a positive response from customers who have requested this option nationally.”

The supermarket giant said all paper used was purchased responsibly and a mix of non-recycled and recycled paper gave the bags extra strength.

Extensive testing also revealed that the new paper bags can carry up to six kilograms of groceries.

Plans are now underway to extend the option to Woolworths online customers for door-to-door delivery and pickup.

Since Woolworths began phasing out single-use plastic bags in 2018, more than 6 billion have been taken out of circulation.

The new Woolworths paper bags (Bondi Junction store pictured) are made from 70% recycled paper and can hold up to six kilograms of groceries.

The new Woolworths paper bags (Bondi Junction store pictured) are made from 70% recycled paper and can hold up to six kilograms of groceries

Data from the supermarket giant also revealed that only 15% of customers buy a new plastic bag at checkout.

The latest green initiative comes after the company said it would pilot a new initiative called ‘Loop’ next year.

Australian shoppers will be able to receive their favorite brands’ products in reusable containers and delivered right to their doorstep.

Products will include laundry, shampoo, juice or ice cream in personalized, brand-specific and durable packaging.

Then the packaging is collected or can be brought back to the store, cleaned, refilled and reused, creating a “loop” purchasing system.

The Loop trial is expected to begin in mid-2021 before a full launch later in the year.

Plans are also underway to introduce the paper bag option for online deliveries (Woolworths delivery driver pictured in Sydney)

Plans are also underway to introduce the paper bag option for online deliveries (Woolworths delivery driver pictured in Sydney)


Ethel J. Montes

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