The writing was on the wall
Inside Retail reported that Coles has decided to reverse a decision to stop providing free plastic bags to shoppers. The grocer said some consumers need more time to adjust to the switch to buying reusable bags. Coles was meant to stop providing its reusable Better Bags for free on August 1 and start charging customers 15 cents per bag, but has now backflipped on that decision and appears set to provide them indefinitely. The plastic bag saga has several facets to it: calculations by the Queensland University of Technology estimate that an extra $71 million in gross profit is on the table for Coles and Woolworths from the sale of 15c bags, money Coles is now walking away from (for the time being), while experience from other countries clearly shows that switching to multi-use bags does not help the environment.