Several years ago, Thirroul Newsagency , concerned about the environment, took the bold step to stop offering customers a plastic bag.
It’s estimated Australians use five billion plastic bags every year. That’s 13 million more plastic bags in circulation every single day.
To combat this startling statistic, supermarkets in the Northern Illawarra have joined the statewide movement away from single-use plastic.
The State Government refuses to outlaw single-use plastic bags so the supermarket giants have taken matters into their own hands in the hope other retailers will follow suit.
Bulli Woolworths will no longer offer plastic bags from June 20, in line with Woolies stores across the state.
Manger of Thirroul IGA David Hoad says they are also on board the bag-ban and come June 30, at his store, grey plastic bags will be history.
“We made the decision to shift to re-useable bags a while ago so as soon as Coles and Woolies made the commitment,” he says. “So when we saw Coles and Woolies were making the move, we jumped!
“We have been selling re-useable bags for a while now and we have a recycling agreement in place where our used bags are taken away and turned into furniture, but we are more than happy to stop offering single-use bags
“Everyone understands the environmental impact of the bags, but some customers still want them. When they’re no longer available, customers will just have to make the change.
Coles in Thirroul and Helensburgh will also fall into line, which sees the single- use grey bags no longer on offer by July 1.