National Roll Out of Recycled Paper Bags In-Store

After the successful implementation of recycled paper bags at New World stores’ Alison’s Pantry departments, the recycled paper bags will now be on offer at PAK’nSAVE stores nationwide this summer.

PAK’nSAVE stores will now offer the existing resealable, plastic bags alongside the Forest Stewardship Council-certified recyclable paper bags at stores’ Alison’s Pantry departments.

The recycled paper bags are made of 70% recycled content, are kerbside recyclable and feature a glassine, paper-based window making it easier for customers to see the contents of the bag.

“By applying our key learnings from the trial and implementation that the team did at New World stores nationwide, we are able to refine the offering that PAK’nSAVE customers will now see at their local store,” said Kelly McClean, Sustainable Packaging Project Manager at Foodstuffs New Zealand. “We’re confident PAK’nSAVE customers will be pleased to have the option of both bags.” After the successful implementation of recycled paper bags at New World stores’ Alison’s Pantry departments, the teams are now being rolled out to PAK’nSAVE stores nationwide.

“The implementation of recycled paper bags across New World and PAK’nSAVE stores this year has been no small feat with the lockdowns bringing a unique set of supply chain and health & safety challenges,” said Kristina McCalman, Senior Brand Manager at Prolife Foods. "Since March across the New World banner, we’ve converted 2.95 tonnes of plastic to recycled paper and removed more than 650,000 plastic bags from circulation. We are pleased to do our bit to help New Zealanders live more sustainably while giving them the option of choice when it comes to their nuts, seeds, grains and lollies on offer at Alison’s Pantry.”

With PAK’nSAVE stores now offering the recycled paper bags, McCalman and McClean agree that we’ll continue to see further plastic reduction with customers making the switch to the paper bag option. However, the plastic bags on offer continue to be first choice with some customers as they reuse them in the home for lunches, freezer storage, on-the-go pet treats and other odd bits that need a ‘safe’ home for keeping.

“We’ve struck the right balance of practicality, reusability, sustainability and convenience by offering both bag options to customers, and we’re excited to now have this on offer at PAK’nSAVE stores nationwide,” said McCalman.