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NZ rolls out paper bags in Plastic Free July

New World and Prolife Foods of New Zealand have announced the nationwide rollout of recycled paper bags at Alison’s Pantry departments on the eve of Plastic Free July. The recycled paper bags are made of 70% recycled content, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, kerbside recyclable, and feature a glassine, paper-based window. Source: Timberbiz

It follows on from Woolworths’ decision last month to give customers in Australia the option of purchasing FSC certified paper shopping bags.

All paper used in Australia have been sourced responsibly, as certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, with recycled paper used in conjunction with non-recycled paper to provide a stronger structure.

The paper bags in New Zealand were trialled at 30 New World and PAK’nSAVE stores across the country in February to gauge customers’ preference on recycled paper bags versus the resealable plastic bags currently available.

The findings showed continued commitment from customers to sustainability in their purchasing habits. The FSC logo can guarantee this and more.

“This trial gave us an opportunity to listen to our customers and ensure our packaging solutions are durable, practical and something people actually want to use,” says Kelly McClean, Sustainable Packaging Project Manager, Foodstuffs New Zealand.

“We know many New Zealanders will be pleased to have convenient, sustainable packaging options at our stores’ Alison’s Pantry departments.”

Kristina McCalman, Senior Brand Manager for Prolife Foods said that a trial pre-Covid revealed that New Zealanders liked options and convenience.

“We learned valuable lessons about the recycled paper bags during its trial, such as the need for a glassine window which makes it easy for customers and checkout.