Following Woolworths’ move, Coles has backflipped on its plastic bag ban, offering free reusable plastic bags to customers to help ease the transition.
While Woolies has started charging for the reusable bags again, it is not known when Coles will cease to offer the complimentary bags.
The supermarket giant was selling the 'Better Bags' for 15 cents on Monday and Tuesday.
“Our customers are telling us they need more time to make the adjustment to reusable bags,” a spokeswoman told news.com.au.
“It’s important to remember that this change was only implemented at the start of the month and many customers bringing bags from home can still find themselves short a bag or two. Over time, we expect our customers to know exactly how many bags they will need for their shop.
“We will continue to assess feedback from our customers and team members. We are already finding that our customers are bringing complimentary Better Bags back to stores to re-use, but some still find themselves a bag or two short for their entire shop.”
“Since we removed single-use plastic bags from our stores, customers have told us that this has been a big change for them, so we want to do everything we can to help them,” the supermarket said in a statement.
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