November 18, 2018

Coles backflip on its backflip

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Coles will continue to offer free reusable plastic bags to customers indefinitely. Source AAPMore

Coles plastic bag ban backflip

Greenpeace criticised the decision as irresponsible and disappointing, saying that Coles is perpetuating the problem of plastic waste by providing free bags.

With threats of a shopping boycott by environmentally minded shoppers, Coles announced on Thursday that customers would start paying for bags on August 29.

Adding to concerns, the reusable bags are thicker than single-use bags and take longer to break down, meaning they could also cause greater environmental damage, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

Coles recently came under fire after launching its Little Shop marketing campaign, releasing a range of plastic miniature versions of popular products like Nutella, Vegemite and Weet-Bix.

The supermarket's leading rival Woolworths has confirmed it will stick to guns on the plastic bag ban.

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A man carries a Coles supermarket plastic bag as he walks along rocks at Dee Why Beach, located in the northern beaches suburbs of Sydney, Australia, July 31, 2018.

"Removing the price means that these reusable bags are far more likely to be used once and discarded".

Coles said in a statement that when the ban on single-use plastic bags began, some customers said they needed more time to transition to reusable bags.

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"Many customers bringing bags from home are still finding themselves short a bag or two so we are offering complimentary reusable Better Bags to help them complete their shopping".

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'While there is consumer frustration during this period of transition, this backflip flies in the face of their initial claim to be committed to reducing plastics in the environment, ' he said.

From July 1, Queensland and Western Australia joined South Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory with state-wide bans. We also call on the Board of Coles to reconsider this decision for the sake of our planet.

NSW Labor and the Greens called on Premier Gladys Berejiklian to introduce a state-wide ban on single use bags.

Coles will give its "Better Bags" away for free.

"It's confusing and frustrating for customers that they have been flip-flopping on this issue and we really want to see them make a solid commitment to actually doing what they said they would do and ban the bags for good".

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"While a minority of people are struggling to cope, we know it's just a matter of time for people to adapt to the change".

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