What is happening?
Farro has been long committed to reducing our impact on the environment. In conjunction with the government initiative to phase out single-use plastic bags, as of 1st July 2019, all Farro checkouts will be single-use plastic bag free.
While we believe our current home-compostable bag at checkout is a great alternative to single-use plastic, the announcement includes the phasing out of all single-use plastic bags, including bags made of degradable plastic.
By removing single-use plastic bags from our checkouts, we will save over 60,000 bags a month leaving our store. We believe this will have a significantly positive impact on our environment.
The removal of single-use bags from our checkout follows a number of announcements over the past year as part of our work in reducing single-use plastics:
- In the last year, we have replaced our plastic bags in produce and at checkout with a home compostable alternative.
- In the last year, we have introduced BYO containers in our deli, seafood and butchery departments.
In April 2018 the government announced that it would phase out single-use plastic bags at all retailers from the 1st July 2019. We believe our current home-compostable bag at checkout is a great alternative to single-use plastic, however, we will no longer be able to offer them as per the government legislation.
Why now? In April 2018 the government announced that they would be phasing out single-use plastic bags across all retailers from the 1st of July 2019.
I thought your checkout bags were compostable? All single-use plastic bags including bags made of degradable plastic are to be phased out as per the government announcement.
What if I forget my reusable bags? We’ll have a number of offerings for customers who forget their reusable bag. They can take their pick from our current range of reusable bags, purchase a paper bag for 20c each, or grab a free cardboard box if available.
Are you going to keep your 5c reusable bag credit? No, as we expect all customers to bring their own reusable bags we will no longer be offering the 5c reusable bag credit.
What reusable bags do you sell? We sell a variety of reusable bags, to view our offerings see ‘Our reusable bag offerings’ below.
Aren’t paper bags still bad for the environment? Our paper bags are recyclable, we have chosen offer paper as an alternative for shoppers if they forget their bags. We strongly encourage customers to bring their own bags and if using paper bags to reuse them a few times before recycling.
If I forget my reusable bag can I get a cardboard box? Yes, provided that there are some available.
Tips to remember your re-usable bag?
- Leave them in your car!
- Leave a note on your fridge!
- Store your bags somewhere where you can’t forget them (eg at the front door or in the garage).
- Start your shopping list with the words ‘re-usable bags’
Our reusable bag offerings
Farro Jute Bag – strong and durable, our most popular reusable bag - $4.99
Farro Tote Bag – perfect for those small top up shops - $2.99
Farro Boot box – strong, durable and perfect to leave in your boot! – $6.99
Farro Chiller bag – keeps things chilly! – $9.99
Or grab a paper bag from our checkout for 20c.