Sydney. In just 3 months, Australia has managed to reduce plastic bag use by 80%. Residents don't have the government to thank for this, but rather Australia's two largest supermarket chains, Coles and Woolworths. They jointly decided that plastic bags should be completely eliminated from their stores. Within a very short time, the decision was put into practice. At first, many customers were not too enthusiastic about the idea. After all, the reusable bags in the stores were to be bought by the customers. The management of Coles then decided to offer the reusable bags free of charge, so that customers would not incur any extra costs. With this consideration, the supermarket chain was able to convince the rest of its customers of the environmentally conscious initiative.
"The supermarkets deserve a big thank you for taking this step. Consumers also deserve a round of applause for not balking at this environmental initiative," says David Stout of the National Retailer Association of the move.
Other supermarket chains can definitely take a good example from Coles and Woolworths.
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