Let’s all get bolshie about bags

First it was Wellington, now it’s Auckland, what about the rest of us?

Foodstuffs dropped the 5c charge on plastic bags in Wellington when supermarket shoppers there got bolshie about them (i.e. went to competitors who didn’t charge them). Now they’ve dropped the charge in Auckland too.

It’s time for the rest of us to bolshie too.

I’ve got nothing against reusable bags, I was using them most of the time.

It’s not the charge per se.

It is being charged more than it cost so the supermarket could then donate the surplus to their choice of environmental charges.

It is also being charged for a bag I reuse when the supermarket wraps things which don’t need it in packaging which gets dumped as soon as I get it home.

And now it’s that they’re not charging people in Auckland and Wellington but they are charging the rest of us.

If I had a convenient alternative I’d be taking my business elsewhere.

I’m not going to drive out of my way for my groceries but if I get any tetchier about it I might get the courage to follow the example of a friend who leaves any unnecessary packaging at the checkout.

One Response to Let’s all get bolshie about bags

  1. Neil says:

    I live in rural Southland and have been to our New World supermarket where there is the 5c charge on a plastic bag.
    What annoys me the most is the fact that I do not want their bags. But in every transaction on the automatic service machine it asks how many bags you want.You have to pin in 0 and press buttons. This action takes as much time as the whole operation formerly took.It makes for a lot of confusion.
    Personally I agree there should be an effort to reduce plastic bags. However as a freedom of choice believer I think it should be handled by education not charging that 5c.The commercial solution of going elsewhere will inevitably tell the story.


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