If, like many shoppers, you consistently forget to take your own shopping bags to Coles – you’ll need to get into the habit quick smart!

Coles has announced it will stop selling soft-plastic shopping bags in stores across Australia and online by the end of June.

It comes after Woolworths recently announced it will stop selling soft-use plastic bags by June.

Coles says it will remove 230 million plastic bags from circulation in one year.

“Today’s decision to no longer offer soft-plastic bags at the checkout is proof of our commitment to reduce the amount of plastic used in our stores and online,” said Coles Group Chief Operations and Sustainability Officer Matt Swindells.

“The most sustainable option is to bring your own reusable bag to the supermarket, but for those who forget, we will continue to sell 100% recycled paper bags that can be recycled kerbside, as well as other reusable options.”

Coles claims that the 100% recyclable paper bags have been tested to hold up to six kilos of groceries.

In 2018 Coles removed single-use plastic carry bags from checkouts, which it says has saved around 14,000 tonnes of plastic from being produced annually.

The 100% recyclable bags are available to buy in store for 25-cents, or you can choose from reusable tote bags which range from $1 to $2.50 each. From next week, paper bags will be used for home delivery and Click&Collect orders, or you can choose to go bagless.

Meanwhile, Woolworths stores in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania began phasing out 15-cent reusable shopping bags last month. They’d already been removed from the ACT, NT, SA, QLD and WA over the past 12 months.

How will the removal of soft-plastic shopping bags impact you? Let us know in the comments below. 

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  • As long as the bags are durable and can withstand the weight than I’m fine with that. Prefer to use my cloth bags though.


  • I prefer my cloth bags. Hessian ones are the best :)


  • I love my Plastic bags what a shame they are getting rid of them


  • I haven’t used plastic bags in years so will be fine. I have reusable bags stored EVERYWHERE


  • I have foldable/washable shopping bags everywhere – handbag, work bag, car, pram, bike bag, they are ahndy for so many things and I have been using them for years, so this wont bother me at all. Glad they are finally stopping supplying them.


  • Always carry a bag in my handbag just in case. Have heaps in my boot.


  • I took my own bags when I went shopping long before the current episodes. I was brought up to take a string bag, or satchel whenever I went shopping. I have never needed or wanted plastic bags from the supermarkets, but I found that they often pushed them onto you as a way of advertising where you had just shopped. Sorry people, but my generation really helped this planet, not like those who have come after and buy to throw away.


  • I always have bags in my car and if I have click and collect, I’m given paper bags. I then recycle them so they get plenty of use before they fall apart


  • Its good for the planet and as much as i forget my bags, i know its for the greater good


  • I heard about this- it’s a good initiative. I already bring all my own bags and have been for a while now.


  • Woolies did this a while back. Just an extra money grab. If I shop in store I’ll take my own bags, but I do online shops alot and end up having to pay for bags


  • Sigh…. they just want to make more money out of us.


  • I think this is a great step forward. I will need to be more organised and ensure I have reusable bags with me as I always forget even though I leave them in my car.


  • I have heaps of the reusable bags that I take on my weekly shop. On the occasion hubby or son goes without any bags, they inevitably buy the plastic bags of which I now have quite a few. I re-use these too. I’m happy that paper will be the option, but will continue with my reusable bags.


  • Sounds good specially since the redcycle has stopped. So much plastic is around anyway!!


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