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[VIC, NSW, QLD, WA] Free Recycled Plastic Bags (Was 15¢) @ Woolworths

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Read in news today.

Woolworths will offer complimentary 15¢ reusable bags to any customer in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and WA caught bag-less between today (29 June) and Sunday, July 8.

"This will not only help support customers as they work to form new habits, but also ensure they’ll have reusable bags on hand when they next choose to shop with us.”

Also from Woolworths website:

That’s why from Friday 29th June until Sunday 8th July, if you forget your bags, we’re offering complimentary reusable bags for your shopping.

This offer is only available in NSW, QLD, VIC & WA to to help our customers in the states where we have made the change to being single-use plastic bag free.

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  • +9 votes

    still will charge you $1 for an online shop, even if you order bulky items (eg: bulk cans of coke), and they use no/few bags

    • +2 votes

      Or $3.50 extra to walk from your door to your bench.

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        Really? What's the heaviest item we can order. I'll take 10 thankyou

      • +3 votes

        I have just ordered $450 of groceries from woolies to my kitchen bench. im curious to see how they are going to fit this many items in crates without plastic bags. feel sorry for the drivers!

        edit: an older delivery driver came, dropped the items at the front door. my wife with a sore back and 2 kids said we paid the 3.50$ for you to put it on the bench, he didn't seem to care and went on his way..

        • +1 vote

          Coles 2/2 good experiences. They send you an email with an approx tighter timeframe within your original timeframe, on the morning of delivery, then a 30 min warning text before actual delivery. First time it was spot on. Second time the 30 min text came at 3pm but they didn't deliver until 5pm. However the original window was 2pm to 5pm. Both times they delivered straight to the kitchen bench and wouldn't accept us helping. :)

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          @Oliver: we have had good experience with coles delivery. but woolies has been average until now, where its completely gone to shit.

    • +2 votes

      all you need to do is indicate you don't need plastic bags. they will still charge when you order but when you collect they give that $1 back. or at least this is how my local W solve this

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        Awesome!
        I'll try that out next week

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      No. I saw the sign today at the self checkout (forgot to take a photo) but am pretty sure that it will apply to online orders as well (ie, no charge for the 15c reusable plastic bags).

      From their website
      https://www.woolworths.com.au/shop/discover/reusable-bags?cm...

  • +89 votes

    I might go grab a few hundred then to save the environment

    • +6 votes

      You're an environmentalist.

      • +5 votes

        You seem to know a lot about environmentalists, that makes you an environmentalologist.

      • +1 vote

        When I grow up, I wanna be enviro MENTAL too!

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      I think they're just giving what you need for your shop. My shop was only 2 items.

      • +17 votes

        I individually bag each banana to reduce the risk of fruit fly infestation.

        • +11 votes

          I individually bag each fruit fly to reduce the risk of banana infestation.

        • +11 votes

          @Scab: I individually fruit fly each banana to reduce bag infestation.

        • +5 votes

          I am thinking about grapes as well

  • +3 votes

    Question: can I use Woolworths bag at Coles?

    • +5 votes

      Can I use the woolies bag at Aldi?

      • +2 votes

        Yes, but woolies will be unhappy.

        • +5 votes

          Why? Free advertising

        • +1 vote

          @profane01: ^^this

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          You mean Aldi will be unhappy because I didn't buy the aldi bag instead?

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          @Homr: Aldi will be unhappy because you're not buying groceries from them.

        • +1 vote

          @flaminglemon: No, I went to woolies just to buy the woolies bag because my favorite color is green and went to Aldi for grocery shopping.

        • +1 vote

          @Homr: Ah. Yeah. Aldi will be happy then. Yes, you may be free advertising for Woolies, but you're buying groceries from Aldi, and that says a lot.

    • +23 votes

      No, they will self destruct in five seconds.

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      Of course they are happy as they have one same goal- save the environment.

      • +22 votes

        I don't get why people think these will save the environment. They have to be reused between 20 and 100 times before the amount of plastic consumed is less and the embedded carbon means the reusable ones are far worse as far as greenhouse has emissions go.

        The only possible benefit is less bags discarded in waterways etc, but even there, if anyone bothered to read the actual studies that the environmentalists quote about plastic pollution in our oceans killing sea animals, they'd discover that discarded plastic fishing nets account for 80+% of the damage.

        • +13 votes

          Additionally, with little practical alternative to household garbage bag, you’ll now need to buy instead of reuse free shopping bag.
          Undoubtedly, plastics manufacturers are ecstatic with inevitable increased demand with higher margins.

        • +2 votes

          There are already 3 large island of plastic near Indian Ocean , Pacific Ocean of size Alaska…how theyformed?? Ocean stream moves garbage dump into oceans from around the world slowly , steadily in one direction …

        • +14 votes

          they'd discover that discarded plastic fishing nets account for 80+% of the damage.

          maybe they should bring in a law to use reusable fishing nets, rather than single use ones.

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          @AlexF: Rather than buy bin liners, I think the idea is to reduce your waste.

        • +1 vote

          @AlexF: Coles sells biodegradable small garbage bags, about the size of the old throw away shopping bags. I use them now and they do the job perfectly. Woolworths doesn't offer these bio garbage bags (yet).

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          Well in that case. LETS JUST DO NOTHING!

          Or take away all plastic bags and consumer's come up with their own ways to get their groceries home.

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          Sources champ?

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          that discarded plastic fishing nets account for 80+% of the damage.

          That's not even close to true.

          According to the World Wildlife Fund, 80 per cent of marine pollution is generated by land-based activities and it's having a devastating effect on our oceans.
          http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-12/what-you-can-do-to-...

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          @AlexF:
          We should just use bin bags for shopping, dirt cheap and durable.

          After these freebie ones have worn out ofc.

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          @simmomelb: yes they do. Woolies has the Multix, recently changed to brown cardboard label so easy to spot.

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          @vr4indian: Please provide a link to an image in Google Earth of this myth.

      • +11 votes

        BS. It's about money..
        They just spin the environmental line to make it sound like they're actually doing something other than increasing their bottom line

    • +1 vote

      I use ALDI bags at Woolies because I don't want to pay, I could be part of the reason they did this 😂

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        I use ALDI bags at Woolies because I don't want to pay

        How did you manage to get the ALDI ones for free?

      • +2 votes

        Huh? Aldi bags aren't free, they have never been.

        • +2 votes

          They are if you don't get charged for them.

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      Coles stock in WW bags??? not compatible man..

      • +2 votes

        You can get a Coles to Woolies converter on ebay…

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      well,

      yes, asked at coles if they have lifetime bag replacement policy or they like the look of mean shopping at coles with woolies bags ….they didn’t say anything .

  • +23 votes

    That’s one heavy duty bin liner.

    • +2 votes

      Re-usable! I wonder if they're dishwasher safe :p

    • +7 votes

      Yeah, they only contain about 20 X more plastic, so environmentally friendly.

      • +1 vote

        I want to know how the reusable bags have a magic property that prevents them from being discarded, entering waterways, killing fish and small marine life etc. like the disposables are said to. All that will happen now is that they will allegedly kill whales instead of sardines, as they are now 20 times deadlier.

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          Shhhh! Don't spoil it for the kids.

  • +4 votes

    I was very surprised that they switched to reusable bags without this type of promo. It's a good time to get a few.

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      Why did I read that as "porno"? lol

      • +3 votes

        Morning wood perhaps?

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      Yeah, I thought Woolies were being smart by stopping issuing bags early. I expected them to have exactly this kind of offer, and for people to go to woolies to pick up their "free reuseable bag", before Coles did the same. Result = more sales and more advertising from everyone having their bags.

      Unfortunately they were just dumb and wanted to make money.

    • +29 votes

      They are in it just to save money, this is just a PR stunt against the backlash.

      • +3 votes

        Why does everything have to be win/lose? Woolworths shouldn't have to subsidise people's laziness to remember a bag or two.

        Woolworths saves some money, people become more environmentally conscious. Maybe that money gets reinvested into the price wars or hiring more people, maybe not, but I can't believe people are so cynical that we'd rather our businesses big or small take all the financial hit to be more environmentally friendly. Is a small locally owned newsagency charging 10c/bag also in it for the money?

        I'm the first person to get irrationally irritated that I've forgotten my bags and have to pay 15c for another one, and I love a good bargain as much as anyone here, but it's literally 15c, maybe 90c if you're doing a big shop. Perhaps if the Gov just charged us all 15c a day as an environment tax and everyone got to keep their plastic bags everyone would be happier?

        It honestly seems like we're the ones in it to save money (yes the irony of me posting this on OzB haha).

        To each their own; I'm happy to be challenged on this viewpoint :)

        • +11 votes

          "Woolworths shouldn't have to subsidise people's laziness to remember a bag or two."

          The free plastic bag was included in the price of shopping, now it no longer is, yet no saving has been passed onto the customer.

          They do have bags for purchase now though.

          So really, Woolworths/Coles aren't coming out ahead here?

        • +31 votes

          I can't believe people are so cynical

          When they sell bananas on a polystyrene tray and covered in plastic, or apples in a plastic tube so they can charge a premium, then any claim this is for the environment is laughable.

          It's all about profit while pretending it's to save the planet.

          What I can't believe is how people fall for their crap.

        • +2 votes

          Wrong thing to say in OzB…. lol. We ARE into saving money. Cost of living skyrocket you know and its irony some people cry poor and stuff but happy to pay for plastic bag.

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          @Scab: Exactly! Read somewhere that Colesworth will be $170M in front every year.

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          @Rod71: 170M is what % of there profit or total turnover…

        • +7 votes

          Woolworths shouldn't have to subsidise people's laziness to remember a bag or two.

          Often, you don't know you're going to the supermarket when you get a call in the afternoon to pick up groceries on the way home…

        • +1 vote

          @FriendlyPhillip:
          Exactly, just like the self-serve checkouts = less staff needed, as customers do the work.

        • -1 vote

          @FriendlyPhillip:

          Everything you purchase has something included in the price to cover running the business.

          Accepting the argument about the "savings" they are making for plastic bags. Its probably 5c for your shop, now genius, come up with a way so that is reflected in prices storewide and is noticeable to the consumer.

          Christ, will you be asking for a discount if you learn that they have negotiated a better electricity deal for their stores as well?

        • +3 votes

          @FriendlyPhillip:

          the old free bags probably cost 0.001 cents per bag based on the volumes they bought ….. 100,000,000 per year.

          new ones cost they sell for 15c or 99c depending on type ….

          it’s a money spinner ,

          i want to see them hit the paper cups at cafes to save the environment ….in sure the cafe owners lobby will hit back …..how many coffees are impulse buys vs planned and you’d bring your own cup …..

          shoppers for bags are an easy target as they have no lobby group …environmentalists do have lobby groups …

          i want see the cafes and enironmentalists tackle tackle the cup issue … they will be told “f&$# off, we can’t sell coffee if people need to bring their own cups”.

        • +3 votes

          "but it's literally 15c, maybe 90c if you're doing a big shop."

          Add that up over a year and it will cost $$$.
          I'm not going to walk through a shopping centre for an hour or two with plastic bags ready to go in the event I need to do a shop.
          The existing bins also worked perfect as bin/rubbish bags.
          Don't be fooled, this is all about $ not the environment.

        • +1 vote

          @garage sale: "shoppers for bags are an easy target as they have no lobby group"

          They do now :)

        • +1 vote

          @Scab:

          bananas on a polystyrene tray and covered in plastic, or apples in a plastic tube

          My question to that is that I always buy the fruit/veg that comes on its own and it's never crossed my mind to buy anything with additional packaging, but someone surely does otherwise it wouldn't be a product!

          Would you be able to educate me on why people do buy those groceries with the unnecessary packaging (especially as per kg they cost so much more than the unpackaged equivalent)?

          At the same time, in my mind if you're someone who is willing to pay for the extra packaging, surely 15c for that shopping bag is going to be nothing. My diet is basically decided by what is 50% off at Coles/Woolies and price/kg or /100ml is king to me, and as an OzB faithful you can bet that I'll be kicking myself repeatedly if I ever forget my bags and having to pay one $ more than I have to.

          We're all here talking about an extra few cents (or dollars over the year) when I think the bigger take away should be that we can teach our kids to be more environmentally conscious, even if we find the habits harder to form. Furthermore, even though the finer details are murky, I prefer to believe that Woolworths is being honest when it says any profit from these bags is going towards charity.

          I believe that Woolies and Coles did what they could to reduce the impact of the change but the level of backlash by the vocal minority (or just the media trying to make something of nothing) will just delay other companies from making the same change. It also distracts some of the more real problems in our society today (e.g. Australian banks being so profitable and anti-consumerist that even UK bankers are surprised).

          If anything, maybe the people who are so offended by having to pay for bags will vote with their wallets and take their business to local butchers and fruit/veg vendors and other local businesses as I keep telling myself I should.

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    I accidentally took one yesterday evening without paying. I feel slightly less bad now.

    • +27 votes

      You should be promoted to power user, wouldn't surprise me if the mods were talking about you right now.

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      Rather, like those people in the Western suburbs of VIC, they have been stacking them since months ago.

      No doubt many of us too.

    • +1 vote

      you monster!

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      get the dates wrong and you could be charged with theft …..

    • +2 votes

      And you didn't post the deal here???

  • +1 vote

    If I can get about 430 bags for free at Horsham Woolworths I would be ahead.

    Adelaide to Horsham and back is about 860km.

    fuel economy of 5.5L/100km (Prius) means i need 5.5*8.6 = 47.3 liters of fuel.

    47.3*1.35 = $63.8 in Petrol

    Divide that by 15c bags is 68.3/.15 = 425.7

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      I might grab a few + double bag

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      TMTOH

    • +1 vote

      And you value your time as nothing? ;)

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    how can i get a few boxes of that??

    • +2 votes

      Hire some daigou.

  • +1 vote

    soon… we'll see Aldi to follow:
    To match competitions, Aldi will offer Free re-usable bag Dreaming
    lol…

  • +4 votes

    Would it be easy to bring my :

    • sack for the rice, breakfast cereals

    • my plastic (opps no plastic) - my wooden box for my breads

    • my wheelbarrow for the fruit and veges = just throw them all in - sans plastic

    • my drums for all of the liquids - there might be a few of them

    • my containers and can-openers (again can't be the devil plastic) for the tuna, beans, and everything else that is in a container ??

    • and my block of ice for the meats and cheeses ??

    anyway…. off to grab a take away coffee and maccas - and all of the wrappings that just go in the bin

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      actually when i was a kid in europe ….you went to the supermarket with your milk bottle and they filled it from bulk … ahh the 60s.