Single use plastic bags 'for sale' on social media as Woolworths ban kicks in
IT didn’t take long for savvy shoppers to start trying to cash in on the single-use plastic bag ban.
All over social media, ‘vintage’ plastic bags are popping up for sale.
And they’re in good condition too. Only used once, in many cases.
Woolworths has copped some flak from shoppers since it’s single-use plastic bag ban came into force.
The supermarket giant explained on Facebook that some produce is wrapped to keep it fresh, or to enable the product to be sold in bulk.
They said it had reduced the amount of plastic used in its fresh produce department by 140 tonnes in the past year, according to Yahoo7.
Similar bans in Britain and Ireland have helped reduce plastic bag usage by up to 85 per cent.
Many shoppers have questioned whether the alternatives now available to single-use plastic bags are actually better for the environment.
According to news.com, single-use bags score well in relation to global warming and water usage, and in landfill they compress and so take up very little space.
But where they do fall down is on energy consumption and the effect on marine life.
Woolworths and Coles have also recently announced plans to slash the amount of plastic wrapping on fresh fruit and vegetables in response to demand from shoppers.
Having dealt with plastic bags, people are now demanding action on other items unfriendly to the environment, such as plastic straws and coffee cups.