Countdown Waiheke staff; left to right - L-R - Gurjant Singh, Shiva Kaikarnamalla, Satish Kumar, Noeline Tatham and Emma Bates

Countdown has assumed a vital role in helping Waiheke become free of plastic shopping bags. The company has successfully removed all plastic bags from its Waiheke store and is now encouraging customers to bring their own reusable bags.

“The removal of plastic shopping bags from our store has been an exciting journey for us, and it was great to hear what our customers thought about it,” said Dave Collo, store manager, Countdown Waiheke. “There will be an adjustment period as customers get into the habit of remembering their bags, but we know this is something the island is excited about and will get behind.”
The move is part of a larger BYO Bag initiative, aimed at educating both locals and visitors on the importance of a clean environment.

“It is simply a matter of remembering to bring reusable bags when shopping,” said Deb Lyttle, founder of BYO Bag Waiheke Island. “Many of our smaller shops have been celebrated as ‘Local Heroes’ by offering environmentally-friendly bags and it’s fantastic that a business as large as Countdown has come on board. It’s a lot of work behind the scenes and we appreciate their support.”