double standard: vege aisle plastic rolls on despite supermarket bag ban - clear plastic rolls
Plastic checkout bags are used from the beginning of the month, but other plastic bags-
That's what's in the fresh produce Channel.
Still available at any time.
Over the past few weeks, the Herald has seen many shoppers tear off extra bags of produce and put them in empty carts.
While bags are needed to collect loose fruits and vegetables during grocery store operations, it raises the question of why paper or mesh alternatives have not been introduced.
A food spokesperson who runs the supermarket New World and Pak 'n Save told the Herald that the two supermarkets still provide plastic bags because their IT systems do not allow alternatives at checkout.
"The store scales are programmed to take into account the existing plastic bags to ensure that customers are charged the right fees, but cannot do this accurately, because customers may choose to put their products in a wide range of alternative bags, "the spokesman said.
Foodstuff's IT team is working on a viable solution that allows shoppers to use other options, she said.
"We hope to finish and promote the work in the coming months.
"She was unable to confirm whether Pak n' Save and the New World store were going through more plastic bags.
When the countdown to the owner of New Zealand Woolworths, please comment.
Greg Harford, general manager of public affairs at New Zealand retail, said he did not believe shoppers would use more plastic bags now.
"Compared to the number of plastic bags being distributed, the number of plastic bags used by the production department is relatively small, so we have made great progress in reducing plastic over the past period of time, Harford said.
Retailers are also working to reduce plastic packaging on their products, he said.
"There is no good alternative yet, but I think retailers do realize the issue and are keeping a close eye on what can be done.
"Food and Countdown, and 15 large international brands have signed the New Zealand declaration on plastic packaging, promising to reach 100 reusable, recyclable or compost packaging by 2025.
"Supermarkets are doing their best to meet the needs of customers and consider the environment in their process," Harford said . ".
"This is a challenge for the international food industry.
"A spokesman for the Ministry of Environment said that plastic production bags it calls" barrier bags "were not included in the mandatory phase-out
Use of plastic bags that come into effect from July 1, as they are very important to keep food hygiene and retailers in compliance with their obligations under the weight and Measures Act 1987.
A spokeswoman for the food company said the supermarket did not provide paper bags because they had weight restrictions.
"The current focus is on removing excess plastic from the product and ensuring the long term
Customers can bring reusable bags-the introduction of a series of production paper bags simply changes one package to another.
We don't believe this is the right solution for a long time.
The spokeswoman said.
Countdown's answer is roughly the same: "We don't just want to offer a slightly better choice for our customers.
We want to provide them with viable, long-termterm solutions.
"The countdown to the operation of Woolworths NZ is currently trying paper bags at bakeries in some stores.
It plans to launch these products to all 180 stores.