Countdown strikes towards phasing out plastic product baggage

Baggage of single-use merchandise shall be phased out by Countdown – the primary grocery store chain in New Zealand to take action.

The luggage weren’t supplied on the new Metro Hearn Bay retailer, which opened final week. As of July 25, they are going to be joined by 19 extra of the corporate’s shops in a bag elimination trial, aiming to make the change everlasting worldwide subsequent 12 months.

Countdown Recent Meals chief Peter de Witt mentioned Rely Down is dedicated to sustainability objectives and likewise desires to be forward of any potential authorities bans sooner or later.

“An index approaching the center of subsequent 12 months shall be one thing New Zealand will need to ship throughout the trade – and we expect that is the beginning of our getting there quicker.”

Most single-use plastic grocery baggage have been banned in New Zealand from July 1, 2019, however the manufacturing of sacks, trash liners and canine poo baggage have been excluded.

Countdown at the moment makes use of about 50 million single-use plastic baggage a 12 months, however de Witt mentioned many shoppers instructed them the luggage weren’t essential, and that they had been superb with out them.

“A few of them convey their very own baggage, some use the purchasing baggage I’ve already dropped at the shop, and a few put the merchandise in a basket or cart.”

The grocery store is learning various, extra environmentally pleasant bag choices, and has plans to solicit suggestions from customers in take a look at shops to see if there’s something the shops can do to assist them store with out the luggage.

Greenpeace mentioned Rely Down’s plan to take away plastic baggage could be a constructive step, however extra might be finished.

The environmental group’s plastics activist mentioned it was time for the federal government to think about proscribing the usage of plastic in different merchandise, reminiscent of packaged drinks.

“Our authorities must be bolder and extra formidable in banning non-essential single-use plastics.

“We promote a billion plastic bottles a 12 months…in order that they’re clearly a few of the worst offenders, and so they’re one of the best place to start out.”

Lee additionally known as on Countdown to not change single-use plastic product baggage with paper, which he mentioned nonetheless causes plenty of pointless environmental harm.

“My solely caveat is that we do not see changing one single-use merchandise with one other single-use merchandise as an answer.

“What we actually want is a shift to extra round choices – reusable choices.”

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