No more plastic checkout bags

06 August, 2018 by
FMCG Business
Steve Anderson, Managing Director Foodstuffs NZ.

Foodstuffs has announced that from 1 January 2019, all retail* and wholesale brands in the 100% New Zealand owned and operated Co-operative will no longer offer plastic checkout bags. This means New World, PAK’nSAVE, Four Square, Raeward Fresh, Liquorland, Gilmours, Trents, Henry’s, and On The Spot convenience stores.

Steve Anderson, MD Foodstuffs NZ, speaking on behalf of all the brands says, “We’ve been part of New Zealand’s landscape for nearly 100 years, feeding and nurturing and employing millions of Kiwis. We also welcome millions of travellers to our stores as they journey through this amazing country. We consider it a huge privilege and responsibility to do our best to look after our patch for centuries to come.

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“The plastic bag ban, our work to improve and remove plastic packaging where appropriate, our leadership in soft plastics recycling and the ban on microbeads and plastic cotton buds – all add up to major changes in the way we look after New Zealand. Since we started this conversation we’ve seen between a 20 to 36% drop in plastic bag usage in our stores – but by the time January 1 rolls around this change will have removed more than 350 million plastic bags from circulation.

Some stores in the Foodstuffs network have already gone plastic bag free at the checkout including New World Devonport and Four Square Raglan, Matakana and Martinborough. New World Howick, Marton and PAK’nSAVE Silverdale will to do the same from August 29.

“From 1 October, all New World, PAK’nSAVE and Four Square customers can expect to see an increased focus on reusable bags with more options available to prepare for the impending ban.

Anderson says, “By the end of March next year we will have given away a reusable bag to pretty much every New Zealander. We see our beautiful bags everywhere; on the beach, in the park, at the gym, in our stores and they’ve even been spotted at our competitors’ stores. That’s perfectly Ok – the more we all change to reusables, the faster we stop plastic bags ending up in the environment.”

*Liquorland will transition completely out of single use plastic checkout bags by end February 2019.