Not coping with the plastic bag ban?

02 Aug 2018 Not coping with the plastic bag ban?

So Coles supermarkets think Australians can’t cope with the bag ban? Actually we would all be pretty surprised with what we can cope with physically and mentally as humans. Being a reusable bag short on a grocery shop is not one of things that would normally break someone. 

Granted life is not always easy and dealing with challenges as we go through life is one of the most powerful forces that work on making us better. Just like working out in the gym gives you a great physique and giving up after the first session doesn’t give you a great physique. Flip flopping around, giving up or softening your decision on charging for bags doesn’t give people the credit they deserve. That they can adjust. 

Yes it might take a few goes and sometimes even the most sustainable shopper will forget the bags, but you know what, we work it out and we will be ok. 

Image: Dayna Ortner from the fair food forager app

A Coles spokesman said "… we know that many customers are still finding themselves a bag or two short at the register and we want to do the right thing by them during this transition period. Putting our customers first is in our DNA and we must always be empathetic and responsive to their needs," Source ABC News.

Here is a thought; taking plastic out of the waste stream and thus out of the environment is actually “putting your customers first”.

I do however think that Coles and Woolworths meant well with their bag bans. They did show a lot of initiative in banning bags from their stores in a country where the federal government have been completely silent on the issue. So well done there, now stick with your decision and let Aussies work it out for themselves. In all the things that happen in life that we don’t like, remembering to bring your own bags is like stubbing your toe. Do it a few times and learn not to kick the leg of the desk. Sometimes you’ll still do it and you might swear under your breath, but you’ll be ok.

The power is in your hands literally or sometimes in your pocket, you can shop somewhere that is reducing plastic and support them instead. Supermarkets like Harris Farm have stuck with their ban and the fair food forager app has many other options, venues reducing their use of single-use plastic. People who don't want plastic polluting the environment are customers as well.

Paul Hellier - Founder

Cover image: Renae Saxby

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