At IGA we are committed to protecting the environment. That’s why we are aiming to eliminate single-use plastic bags at checkouts in our 1400 independently owned stores Australia-wide.
In Australia, we use 5 billion plastic bags every year, 50 million of these blow away into our environment. That’s about 5700 bags every hour!
We recognise our ability as a network of retailers to significantly decrease the amount of plastic being used in Australia. We are committed to working with our suppliers to reduce our plastic usage and increase the recyclability of our private label packaging.
To assist our customers in the transition from single use to environmentally friendly alternatives we have developed a fantastic range of reusable bags available in store.
We have also partnered with Boomerang Bags to provide our customers with free, locally made bags as we all forget sometimes! Boomerang Bags is a not for profit organisation working to reduce the use of plastic bags by engaging local communities in making bags – community made, using recycled materials. They provide a free, fun, sustainable alternative to plastic bags.
Keep your eye out for Boomerang Bags in your local IGA store.