Supermarket Giant Coles is ditching plastic fruit and vegetable produce bags in stores across the ACT from next month.

The change comes into effect on 14 September and is part of a trial designed to encourage more customers to bring their own re-usable bags.

Ahead of the change, from August 31, you’ll be able to grab some free re-usable mesh bags if you spend 5 dollars or more on fruit and veggies in store.

Coles Chief Operations and Sustainability Officer Matt Swindells said the initiative is expected to reduce about 11 tonnes of plastic each year.

“This will be the first time a major Australian supermarket will trial a completely reusable method of helping customers purchase their fresh fruit and veggies.

“We will be looking closely at how our ACT customers respond.”

It’s hoped the success of the trial will assist the grocery chain in rolling out the initiative nation wide.


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