Matthew Miller
Aug 1, 2018

Bag backflip: Coles inexplicably fails to implement its own plastic policy

The Australian grocer caves in to a minority that was apparently having difficulty with the "transition" to reusable bags.

Better Bags: 15 cents...or free if you complain (Source: AFP)

Environmentally aware Australians are up in arms about a decision by Coles Supermarkets to continue providing sturdy, reusable plastic shopping bags to customers for free indefinitely, rather than sticking to a long-promoted new policy to start charging for them as of today.

The grocer phased out flimsy, single-use plastic bags on 1 July, and has been giving out sturdier, multi-use bags to customers since then, while urging shoppers to remember to bring the bags...

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