The ban on plastic bags at Woolworths and Coles has been slammed by Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi who says it’s nothing to do with saving the planet, it’s about the supermarkets’ profits.
Coles and Woolworths stand to make roughly $71 million in gross profit by replacing free lightweight plastic bags with heavier 15 cent options.
That’s according to an analysis by Queensland University of Technology retail expert Dr Gary Mortimer, who argues that the bag ban will be a “windfall for the supermarkets, but it won’t do much for the environment”.
“These bags are factored into the cost of doing business for these supermarkets,” Dr Mortimer wrote in a piece for The Conversation.
Woolworths announced in July last year it was banning plastic bags and Coles has now followed suit.
Free plastic bags were banned from supermarkets in South Australia in May 2009 and since then, people in Tasmania, the ACT and the Northern Territory have been forced to buy reusable shopping bags.
Senator Bernardi has told Paul Murray Live on Sky News the plastic bag ban is costing us more and the supermarkets are the ones making a quid out of it.
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