Hallidays Point Foodworks has set the ball rolling, taking steps to remove plastic bags from the store ahead of their larger competitors.
In an effort to reduce the harmful impact plastic is having on the environment, the store is introducing reusable and recyclable bags for purchase.
The reusable bags are more durable and less expensive than previous plastic alternatives, and they became available for 10c each or three for 20c on Thursday, November 11.
The initiative has been put into place by store owners Colin and Leanne Westle, and their daughter Carla.
“We always wanted to be plastic free,” Carla said.
“But being an independent store it was tricky to start up without upsetting customers,” she said.
“We have gauged our customer feedback and believe now is the time to start offering alternatives before we cease single use plastic bags.
“We are aware that some customers are for and some are against, however we are giving them the choice for now and are letting customers get used to the notion of not using single use bags.
“So far the community seems to be really supportive, we sold over 100 of the reusable bags on the first day.”
The store will be teaming up with the local Boomerang Bags group to provide another non-plastic alternative for shoppers.
They are currently also offering free recycled boxes and will be offering free recycled reusable bags.