It's not easy being green...

But it’s time we went even greener. Because we believe that becoming more sustainable is the way forward.
— Brad Banducci, CEO Woolworths Group Ltd

In light of the decision to remove single use plastic bags from all Woolworths stores by 20 June, Woolworths Group have announced a range of 'green' initiatives to increase the supermarket giant's sustainability.

And what day is more fitting than World Environment Day to make this announcement.

Here are the highlights:

  • Plastic straws will no longer be sold at ANY Woolworths Group Limited stores by the end of 2018, saving 134 million plastic straws from entering the environment annually.
  • The Woolies green reusable shopping bags, the Bag for Good™, sold to replace single use plastic bags at the check out come with a lifetime replacement offer. Better yet, money made from the sale of these bags will also go to the Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants Program.
  • The removal of plastic from another 80 fruit and vegetable products will be trialled over the next year, which builds on the 140 tonnes of plastic Woolies removed from fruit and vegetables in the last year.
  • By the end of June, ALL Woolworths Supermarkets will have plastic recycling in store through partnership with REDcycle. REDcycle offers closed loop recycling for soft plastics (plastics you can scrunch) that is then used to create durable products such as outdoor furniture.
  • Woolworths has made the commitment for all Woolworths Supermarkets to have a food waste diversion partner by the end of 2018, supporting their commitment towards zero food waste to landfill by 2020.

It's not easy being green...

but the future must be green or we risk no future at all.