Major grocery chain 7-Eleven is the latest organisation to make a move away from free single-use plastic bags.
Signs have appeared in 7-Eleven store windows advising that the company is phasing out plastic bags nationally. The process started at the beginning of September.
"The change is in response to customer preference as well as legislative requirements, and is part of our overall commitment to sustainability alongside our coffee cup and plastic straw recycling initiative," Clayton Ford, 7-Eleven general manager of corporate affairs tells Broadsheet.
Instead, paper bags are now available for shoppers. Made from at least 50 per cent recycled paper, the bags are available for 15 cents at all 7-Eleven stores in VIC, NSW, ACT, QLD and WA.
"In those states with legislative bans on plastic bags, stores are only providing paper bags. In other states without legislative bans, stores are phasing out their stock of plastic bags and moving to our recyclable paper bag," says Ford.
It’s a step in the right direction for a store that stocks a significant amount of products with plastic packaging.
“While the vast majority of transactions in our stores don’t require carry bags, the 7-Eleven paper bag is sturdy enough to carry your milk and bread purchase,” says Ford.
Supermarket chains Woolworths and Coles both announced in July last year they would be phasing out single-use plastic bags. In August, Coles backflipped on its decision multiple times, and now offers thicker “re-usable” plastic bags for 15 cents.