Countdown is trialling paper and cardboard instead of plastic in the produce section

scandal 11/02/2020

We're so here for Countdown's latest trial!

For the next 10 weeks, the supermarket chain will be switching out plastic for paper bags and cardboard boxes in the produce section of three Auckland stores.

"It's going to take a bit of behaviour change from us all but from what I've seen this morning in my store, customers are really excited about giving it a go and are adapting really well already," said Countdown Ponsonby manager Paul Maxwell. 

While most plastic bags will be removed from the produce section, some, such as bagged lettuce, will remain in the plastic due to a lack of suitable alternatives but where possible any plastic packaging provided would be made from recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) or recycled rPET says Countdown spokeswoman, Kiri Hannifin.

More than $500,000 has been spent on the trial across changes to production, packaging, and shelving. 

The results of the trial in 10 weeks time will help Countdown make a decision about their use of plastic in the future.