Woolworths is among the local businesses to unveil sustainability initiatives for World Environment Day, June 5.
Woolworths is reducing plastic packaging for its fruit and vegetables, including bananas, carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, broccolini, sweet potatoes and organic apples. It has gotten rid of plastic clamshell and is now using adhesive tape for bananas; it has replaced plastic trays with pulp fibre as an alternative for tomatoes; and has cut the use of plastic film by 30 per cent on carrots and potatoes.
The tray for sweet potatoes and organic apples is now made of recycled cardboard instead of plastic. Woolworths said it has removed a further 237 tonnes of plastic packaging in 2019. It is now trialing the initiative on Fresh Food Kids range of apples, pears and bananas that are packaged in easy-to-recycle cardboard boxes.
“Something that was very surprising during COVID was the continued relevance of the environment, with 70% of Australians saying that taking care of the planet and making sustainable choices remained important to them, even at the height of the crisis. This is something that we’re equally passionate about and Woolworths remains as committed as ever to creating a greener future,” Woolworths Group CEO Brad Banducci said.
Earlier this week Woolworths introduced paper bags for shoppers, made from 70 per cent recycled paper.