The National Retail Association (NRA) has commended SPAR Supermarket Alexandra Headland owners Bruce & Sue Luchterhand on their decision to go plastic bag free and ban all plastic bags at their store from tomorrow, 1st September.

NRA Manager for Industry Policy David Stout said it was a courageous initiative from the Sunshine Coast retailer to implement the policy well in advance of when the official ban comes into place on 1 July 2018.

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“It is a courageous and bold move from Bruce & Sue Luchterhand to completely ban plastic bags in their store well ahead of the official date and I congratulate them on this initiative,” Mr Stout said.

“I encourage other retailers across the state to follow their lead and implement similar schemes in order to ensure that there is limited disruption to their business and their customers.

“Spar Supermarket Alexandra Headland’s decision to go 100% plastic bag free from the beginning of September is proof that the industry is being proactive in providing environmentally friendly solutions to their customers.”

From tomorrow the store will offer the material recycling bags for $1 and introduce fit for purpose brown paper bags with handles.

The NRA has partnered with the Palaszczuk Government to guide Queensland retailers through the State’s impending ban on single-use plastic shopping bags.

“We are here to make sure this transitionary period is as easy for the sector as possible, to find the best possible solutions for retailers, consumers and the environment,” Mr Stout said.

“We’re launching a website offering useful information and handy hints including a list of single-use plastic bag alternatives, to ensure both retailers and consumers are equally prepared for the transition.”

The NRA will also host free education workshops all over the state as part of the awareness campaign to help retailers understand the ban, why it’s important and how they’ll likely be affected by it – as well as tips on how to discuss it with shoppers.

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