Although Woolworths has taken several measures to reduce plastic waste across its brand’s food products, some customers are angry after a picture surfaced online of the brand selling garlic cloves, packaged in plastic.
A customer buying goods at the Bondi Junction store in Sydney’s eastern suburbs uploaded a photo of Woolworths selling its ‘Odd Bunch’ garlic cloves wrapped in plastic packets on Facebook.
Another user wrote: “I’m not shopping there til they’re off the shelves.” A third angry shopper commented: “If you think they removed plastic bags to save the environment, you are an idiot. They did it to make money. They don’t care about the environment at all, so of course they will pack anything in plastic.”
Some tried clarifying the situation by stating that the packaged loose cloves were a part of Woollies’ campaign to sell misshapen and detached cloves left behind in the tray.
The supermarket is environmentally conscious and committed to reducing plastic waste. Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, a Woolworths spokesperson said: “Over the last 18 months we’ve removed more than 500 tonnes of unnecessary plastic packaging across our produce and bakery categories. We’ve also rolled out REDcycle facilities in stores across the country, which allows customers to return soft plastics including Odd Bunch packaging to our stores to be recycled. We know there is much more to do, and we’ll continue to work on our plastic reduction efforts.”