Woolworths partners with Detpak to increase local supply of paper bags in SA

Detpak and Woolworths are strengthening their partnership on paper bags, as the latter continues to phase out its 15 cents reusable plastic shopping bags from their stores and online orders.

Woolworths recently announced that South Australia will now voluntarily phase out the 15 cents reusable plastic shopping bags across all their stores, alongside the Northern Territory.

According to Woolworths, phasing out the 15 cents reusable plastic shopping bags is a significant one, resulting in over 916 tonnes of plastic being removed from circulation in South Australia and the Northern Territory each year.

This follows a similar transition in Western Australia in July this year, which similarly removes over 800 tonnes of plastic from landfill each year.

As Woolworths continues with its national transition away from plastic, Detpak will support the phase out and increase the volume of paper bags available for customers to purchase.

A sustainable solution, these bags are made from 70 per cent locally sourced recycled content and are readily recyclable via kerbside collection. All paper used in these bags is sourced responsibly and is certified by PEFC, assuring customers that their purchase supports sustainable forest management.

Detmold Group CEO Conrad Groenewald said, “We are incredibly proud to support Woolworths as they transition away from reusable plastic bags and increase our supply of locally made paper bags to help provide more sustainable options for their customers in-store.

“Our customers’ are at the core of all we do, and we take pride in building strong, long-standing partnerships based on trust and quality. This is the culmination of years of work across our cross-functional teams and a celebration of what can be achieved through true strategic partnership. It’s a real win for sustainability.”

Detpak’s South Australian manufacturing plant is already supporting Woolworths’ supply in several states, with local manufacturing capacity being increased to cater for the increased demand. The strategic partnership with Woolworths has created 25 new jobs at the Detpak Adelaide manufacturing plant.

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