Supermarket chain Woolworths in South Africa running a pilot project to ban plastic bags

Global supermarket giant Woolworths is moving forward with banning plastic bags at its Steenberg store in Cape Town. The ban will first run for a 6 months trial period starting from November 2018. From this point on, the customers will bring their own bags (the supermarket will also sell a reusable bag for 5.50 ZAR, approx. 0.40 USD). Woolworth’s Head of Sustainability, Feroz Koor, said that the chain currently sells about 140 million plastic bags a year and plans to phase out single-use bags completely by 2020. Woolworth has already banned plastic bags in Australia and we recently reported on their subsidiary Countdown in New Zealand imposing a ban in The South Island.

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