Environmental protection has always been a worldwide topic, but recently, a small paper bag has caused controversy. In order to meet the needs of customers, Australia’s Woolworth Supermarket added a new type of eco-friendly bags a few days ago, replacing the previous plastic bags. The eco-friendly bags are recyclable and low in price. However, this practice has aroused local consumers in Australia. dissatisfied.
Australian consumers claimed that these paper bags customized in China, not locally produced, and asked why Woolworth Supermarket does not use local eco-friendly bags and vented their anger at the supermarket giant online:
“It’s nice to see people start to use paper bags, but they are made in China. How about supporting!” Some netizens ridiculed. Now if people ask others to change paper bags, they will ask others to change their iPhones in the future. It seems that the netizens are not easy to serve this year, and the origin of a paper bag must be online.
With the explosion of public opinion, Woolworth Supermarket also had to respond. Woolworth Supermarket stated that they are looking for a solution. It is seeking to cooperate with Australian manufacturers to build the ability to produce paper bags in Australia and emphasize that it is a strong supporter of Australian-made products.
But in reality, it is not simple, because the production of paper kraft bags in the industrialized Chinese market is very simple, even if people buy paper bags from China, the cost is very low. In contrast, Australia’s local paper bag industry manufacturers are few, have no scale, and have not formed a complete industrial chain. The production cost has increased significantly, more than five times that of China’s manufacturing. This is a big deal for Woolworth Supermarkets. Hard choice.
Since two years ago, Woolworth Supermarket has begun to phase out single-use plastic bags, and now more than 6 billion plastic bags have been withdrawn from circulation. And data shows that only 15% of customers buy plastic bags at checkout, and most consumers still choose paper gift bags, which makes Woolworth supermarkets have to consider the cost of paper bags.
Woolworth Supermarket’s launch of paper bags was originally a decision after a long-term communication with customers. It was thought that the introduction of paper bags would be very popular, but now Woolworth Supermarket has become passive because of the place of production. Using local manufacturers is attacked. It seems that Woolworth Supermarket needs more work on kraft paper bags.