Goodbye single-use plastic checkout bags

We’re committed to doing our part to look after New Zealand – which is why Four Square is going single-use plastic bag free at checkout from 1 January 2019. That means millions of these bags will no longer be at risk of cluttering our waterways or harming sea life. The Government thinks it’s a good idea too and will ban single-use plastic bags in 2019 

This might be a big change for some people - and not so big for others. We know many of you already have them at home, in your car, or even in your backpack. It’s just about building good habits early and bringing your own bags when you go shopping.  

Forgot your bags? 

If you’re caught short, we have back-up options to buy, including paper bags. There will be a small charge for these because they do cost more to produce, transport and store than single-use plastic bags. Plus, we genuinely want to discourage customers from buying these options. While we’ve chosen durable alternatives that can be reused to a degree, the best option for the environment is to bring your own long-life reusable bags.  

Top Tips for remembering your bags: 

We know building new habits isn’t always easy, but it’s worth it. Here are some tips to help make reusable bags your new best habit. 

  • Hang your bags on or near the front door handle, so you can grab them on the way out the door. 

  • Put a reminder note in your car. Hang it from the rear-view mirror or stick it to the dashboard. Keep a small foldable reusable bag inside your handbag, backpack, or satchel so you’ll always have one on hand. 

  • Write ‘Reusable Bags’ on the top of your shopping list.  

  • Use the power of nagging and designate a chief “bag reminder-er”, such as your kids, flatmate, friend or partner.

 

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