Woolworths Launches Australian Made Paper Bags in Victoria, Tasmania and WA

Woolworths offers its customers in Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia a locally made paper carry bag as it is made ashore.

Woolworths partnered with family-owned Australian manufacturer Detpak in a multi-million dollar deal to produce the locally made bags, which were first launched in South Australia and the Northern Territory in late from last year.

The move represents a significant investment in local manufacturing, which will create around 25 new Australian jobs and contribute to broader efforts to increase Australia’s local production capacity across industries.

The Australian-made paper bags – which use 70% recycled paper – are now available for purchase at over 400 Woolworths stores across Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia.

The gradual rollout will see the bags available in all states by the end of the year.

Woolworths Supermarkets Managing Director Natalie Davis said: “While almost all shoppers now bring their own reusable bags, we know unplanned stores still present a challenge from time to time.

“Last year we introduced the option of a paper bag, which can be recycled at home, and customer feedback has been positive.

“With paper bags now an integral part of our range, we are working to support new Australian jobs in partnership with local manufacturer Detpak.

“Our proudly made in Australia bags are the result of Detpak’s hard work to build the local capacity needed to supply hundreds of our stores across the country.

“The launch of the bags in Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia will give a welcome boost to local manufacturing, which we will continue to build on as we roll them out to all regions of Australia by the end of of the year. “

Woolworths paper shopping bags were first released in June 2020 in response to customer demand for a paper carry bag option.

The supermarket has been working with Detpak to plan and increase local capacity since early 2020 to produce the paper bags on a large scale in Australia and support a transition to a 100% Australian line nationwide.

CEO of Detpak’s parent company, Detmold Group, Alf Ianniello said: “Detpak is proud to continue its strong history in local manufacturing.

“This project is significant in its support for the employment of Australians, but also in its extension of Australian manufacturing. As part of the localization of the manufacture of these bags, we have commissioned additional machines, thus doubling our national production capacity of transport bags.

The bag is made from 70% recycled paper and non-recycled paper to provide a more solid structure that can carry up to 6 kg of groceries.

All paper used in the bag is responsibly sourced and certified by PEFC, with all the new papers coming from plantations to give customers the confidence that their purchase supports sustainable forest management.

Woolworths shoppers can choose to purchase from four carrier bag options, including the 20-cent paper bag, the Woolworths’ Bag for Good, reusable plastic bags made from 80% recycled materials and foldable fabric bags.

Since Woolworths phased out single-use plastic bags in June 2018, more than 9 billion bags have been taken out of circulation. With the majority of customers now bringing their own bags, around 85% of transactions do not include the purchase of a carry bag

Ethel J. Montes

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