New Zealand supermarket eliminates annual use of 1 mn plastic bags
Category: #retail  By Paroma Bhattacharya  Date: 2018-05-20
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New Zealand supermarket eliminates annual use of 1 mn plastic bags

Supermarket FreshChoice Nelson will reportedly stop the use of plastic bags at its checkout counter and replace them with paper and reusable bags. The supermarket in Nelson will become the first in the country to undertake such a drastic action for limiting the use of plastic bags. Though the move has been undertaken by this individual FreshChoice store, if the project is deemed successful, other stores are expected to follow.

The move will apparently bring about the elimination of 3000 plastic bags that are used in a day in the FreshChoice store which adds up to 1 million plastic bags a year. As per estimates, four supermarkets in Nelson end up using 5 million plastic bags annually. The cutting out on plastic bags is reportedly aimed at diminishing these figures. FreshChoice Nelson co-owner Mark A'Court says that moving from plastic to paper bags is a significant cultural change. However, with an increasing pool of environmentally aware customers and the supermarket industry acknowledging the need to undertake some initiative about the plastic crisis, A'Court is confident about the success of the project.

FreshChoice Nelson will be offering its customers a choice between bringing their own bag, using a "Boomerang Bag" at the store entrance which is reusable, using a store made cardboard box or buying recyclable paper bags for 10c and 20c depending on the size of the bag. All bulk foods, fruits, vegetables, bakery items, meat and seafood will be wrapped in free paper bags.

FreshChoice will not be making its aisles plastic free as items supplied in plastic will remain as is, but plastics will be removed from bakery items. Butchery items will retain plastic packaging as these items are wet and cannot be wrapped in paper. Other items like gluten free bakery products will also retain their plastic packaging for health and safety.

Other supermarket chains like New World, PAK'nSAVE and Four Square are looking to go plastic free at checkout by year end.



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