‘Bring them back’: Shoppers call for retro Woolies item to return

Jul 22, 2022
It seems the members of Old Shops Australia will get their wish as the supermarket chain goes full circle. Source: Getty

Shoppers of supermarket giant Woolworths have taken to social media to demand the return of a retro grocery item that many deemed as a “better” option to the current alternative.

A photo of a Woolies branded brown paper bag from the 70s was shared to the Facebook group Old Shops Australia, setting shoppers off on a trip down memory lane, with calls for paper to replace the plastic ones the grocery chain uses today.

Geoff Lloyd captioned the image “Woolworths brown paper shopping bag, c 1970s..”. Source: Old Shops Australia/Facebook

“Bring these bag..better than plastic bags and cats love them,” one person wrote.

“Bring them back…and no charge for them either…like giving back to the customer as we the customer gives to Woolworths &Coles.”

“Bring them back please – so much easier on the shoulders,” someone commented.

Other shoppers reminisced about using the bags, including their flaws.

“LOL I remember them well. All good until frozen or cold food in them then everything fell out the bottom!,” someone said.

“Also if you had bottles in there. Disaster waiting to happen then.”

“Always used to cut arms in them and then dress up as a robot,” one person reminisced.

“Great for cooking a turkey in!”

Earlier this year, in March, Woolworths announced they would be phasing out their reusable plastic bags in Western Australia, once again offering brown paper bags – this time with a handle and a charge of 20 cents.

Woolworths State General Manager for WA, Karl Weber said the supermarket chain wanted to show support for the government’s decision on plastic usage.

“Over the next month, we’ll be gradually phasing out plastic shopping bags from our stores and online orders across WA, as we move to support the WA Government’s upcoming plastic bag ban,” he said.

“This change will see more than 30 million plastic bags removed from circulation in WA every year – which is a big win for the health of our oceans and waterways.

“While our paper bags will continue to be available, the most sustainable bag you can use is the reusable one you bring from home.

“The vast majority of our customers already bring their own reusable bags to shop, which is the very best outcome for the environment, and we encourage customers to keep up the great work.

“We know the change brought about by this new WA legislation may be an adjustment for some customers and we thank them in advance for their support as we all work together to grow greener.”

It seems the members of Old Shops Australia will get their wish as the supermarket chain goes full circle, making paper bags the main option for those who forget their reusable bags from home.

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