How's this for a spectacular double backflip: after announcing yesterday that it would continue to give away free plastic bags indefinitely following customer complaints, supermarket giant Coles has now hastily clarified that actually, it'll be stopping this on August 29.
Instead, they began offering more environmentally-friendly reusable bags for 15 Aus cents (11 United States cents) each, with Coles supplying them without charge until August 1 to help people adjust to the new regime.
Woolworths, however, said its customers had no such issues.
A man carries a Coles supermarket plastic bag as he walks along rocks at Dee Why Beach, located in the northern beaches suburbs of Sydney, Australia, July 31, 2018.
Harris Farm Markets hit out at Coles' decision while renewing its call to the NSW state Government to ban single-use plastic bags entirely in the process.
Coles decision to delay cutting customers off from its free reusable plastic bags has led many industry figures to react negatively, as well as members of the public.
The U.N. wants to eliminate single-use plastic by 2022 and says more than 60 countries have so far taken steps to ban or reduce plastic consumption.
Coles reignited the bag ban debacle this morning announcing it would offer reusable plastic bags for free indefinitely because customers were finding it too tricky to remember their reusable bags.
"Our focus is on continuing to help all our customers form new and sustainable habits", the statement said, adding that Woolworths would continue to reward customers who brought their own bags.
Jon Dee, who started the National Plastic Bag Campaign in 2002, said Coles' decision was odd.
"They have a very limited life and the removal of the price signal also means they are more likely to be littered - something we warned about".
Now, I'm not advocating violence but what I would advocate is stop being a bunch of compliant saps and when somebody does something stupid, which this unquestionably is, go "it isn't good enough and I'm not going to stop with you until you change your policy". "None", Steve said while calling her statistics "incorrect".
Woolworths surveyed 12,500 customers in May about the phasing out of single-use bags and found that 75 per cent supported the move, 15 per cent did not support it, and 10 per cent were unsure about it.
"That's why we are extending our complimentary bag offer until Wednesday 29 August for our customers in Queensland, NSW, Victoria, and Western Australia", he said.