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Woolworths trials 20 cent brown paper bags

Woolworths has begun trialling brown paper bags at around 20 stores to assist customers when they forget to bring a reusable bag.

The retailer is charging 20 cent for the recyclable brown paper bags, which is 5 cent more than its reusable plastic bags.

“The vast majority of our customers bring their own bags to shop, but we know there are occasions when they forget or visit our stores unplanned. Some customers have told us they would like the option of a paper bag when this happens,” a Woolworths spokesperson said in a statement to Inside FMCG.

The paper bags are made from 80 percent recycled and 20 percent virgin paper and can be recycled in curbside collection.

The retailer will use the trial to monitor customer demand and feedback, and will continue to offer the Bag for Good and reusable plastic bags at all stores.

The retailer’s Bag for Good, which costs 99 cents, helps fund the Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants program and a free replacement is offered if any bag gets damaged.

Woolworths reports that over 3 billion bags have been taken out of circulation since the phase out of single-use plastic bags in June 2018.

Both Coles and Woolworths saw sales suffer in the immediate aftermath of the plastic bag ban has customers struggled to adjust to the changes.

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