Victoria Bans the Bag

Approximately 1.6 billion single-use plastic shopping bags are used in Victoria each year. Over the next two weeks, big retailers Coles, Big W and Woolworths will remove single use plastic bags from their stores.

Here’re some of the other foodie hot-spots leading the climate crusade and helping you shop waste free.

South Melbourne Market
This local Melbourne market banned single-use bags in April, instead encouraging customers the option to borrow tote bags and stalls to provide old-fashioned paper bags as an alternative.

In 2017, Plastic Bag Free Daylesford launched their initiative to increase awareness and implement change in the community. Businesses such as Harvest Café and Hepburn Wholesfood Collective (and many more) have implemented the change.

Melbourne Farmers Markets
A supporter of Plastic Bag Free Victoria, MFM have a series of vibrant local markets later this year in Coburg, University of Melbourne and Carlton that will be a no-go zone for plastics. Here is the full calendar of markets.

The Source Bulk Foods
With nine stores across Victoria, including Berwick’s south-east, Balaclava’s inner south, Camberwell’s east and Geelong’s south-west, Source Bulk Foods has been a climate conscious go-to for shoppers looking to stock up on everything from chickpeas to shampoo.

Queen Victoria Market
QVM has thousands of visitors every week, and by next year, all of them will be bringing along their own bags as the market bans the single use versions. They already have a great range to buy on your next market trip.

Plastic Free July is around the corner too, and you can get involved.

Plastic Bag Free Victoria has a map of plastic bag free towns here and a list of their supporters here.