Right from the start of this pandemic, one of the two largest supermarket chains here in Australia has been leading the way when it comes to innovation.
- First they got online shopping with a contactless home delivery service running smoothly.
- Then they set up a ‘Direct to Boot’ service that allows me to order online and have someone bring the shopping out and deposit it straight into my boot. Quick, efficient, NO CONTACT! And free.
- Today Woolworths gave me something I’ve wanted for years – paper carry bags.
We’d all just become used to taking our own bags with us [for shopping] when the pandemic hit. Since then, if you wanted contactless shopping you had to accept the old plastic shopping bags. I have about a million of them stashed away. Now, at last, I can have the convenience and peace of mind of contactless shopping without the guilt of all those damn plastic bags.
Seriously, I’m just about jumping for joy. I haven’t checked the composition of these paper carry bags yet, but I’m hoping they’re made from recycled paper. That would kill two very big birds with one stone.
And in case you’re wondering about the strength of these paper carry bags, have a closer look at what I bought:
This first bag contains butter, yoghurt, and…ta dah…chicken thigh cutlets in the big paper parcel. Yes, the chicken is inside a single use plastic bag inside the paper, but it’s still ‘leaky’ stuff, and quite heavy, but the bag held up without a single problem.
The second closeup shows fruit and veg – not in individual single use plastic. Brilliant. Again, not a problem at all:
The best part though, is what happens once those bags are emptied. I’m going to fold them up and put them straight into the recycling bin. Easey peasey. 😀
Seriously, Woolworths deserves to be congratulated on all the innovations it has implemented these last two years. I hope the other supermarket chains take notice and follow suit.
Well done Woolies!