Commonsense bans all single use shopping bags NOW
Commonsense is phasing out single use shopping bags – starting from now!
‘We were really delighted that both the major supermarkets announced they were introducing a ban – in a year’s time. We
haven’t used plastic shopping bags for over a decade – instead we provide corn starch bags’ says co-owner, Marion Wood.
‘But even these bags aren’t good enough as they require commercial composting and many of them end up in the landfill.
So we piloted phasing out all single use shopping bags in our Kapiti store – and it works so we’re rolling that out
across all our stores. Fewer single use shopping bags creates a win-win-win situation – it means a win for the landfills
and the oceans, a win for our customers and a win for fair trade reusable bags‘
The company is a pioneer of ethical trading and introduced a charge on plastic shopping bags a decade ago. ‘Most of our
customers have been very responsive and bring their own bags, or take a box for their shopping. But we hesitated to go
that last step because we don’t want to inconvenience customers who don’t have their own bag with them. The
break-through for us was provided by Boomerang Bags, who make bags for people to borrow and bring back – what a great
'We are really excited to support Commonsense and create a shift in relying on disposable bags across Wellington', says
Sarah Child of Boomerang Bags Wellington.
Boomerang Bags has been able to provide some bags to help Commonsense get started. ‘But we’re very aware that these bags
are made by volunteers; so we’ve supplemented the supply with Commonsense Borrow Bags – which are fair trade jute bags
from Trade Aid. We looked at getting cheap re-usable plastic shopping bags, but decided they were still part of the
problem. . Our jute Borrow bags are made from natural fibres and the Boomerang Bags are made from recycled cloth, says