ADVICE FOR RETAILERS

The Western Australian bag ban affects all retailers who previously used lightweight plastic bags, including HDPE plastic, biodegradable, compostable, and degradable bags.

 

The ban applies to anyone who sells goods in trade or commerce. This includes supermarkets, department stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, fast food outlets, markets, mine catering companies, charity shops... and many other businesses.

 

If you are a retailer in WA and you still use banned bags after 1 January 2019, you can face fines of $5000.

1 .FIND OUT IF YOUR BAGS ARE BANNED

2. PHASE OUT ALL EXISTING STOCK OF BANNED BAGS

3. INTRODUCE ALTERNATIVES

4. TRAIN YOUR TEAM

5. INFORM YOUR CUSTOMERS

Key Steps to Manage the Ban

Key Steps to Manage the Ban

1. FIND OUT IF YOUR BAGS ARE BANNED

All retailers who supply lightweight plastic bags are affected by the bag ban and should take some time to understand the ban and its implications. About the ban >

Even if your bags are technically compliant you may want to consider alternative options to align with consumer expectations and trends. Remember, 87% of WA households indicated strong support for the bag ban.

The NRA strongly recommends that retailers do NOT use plastic bags close to the minimum thickness.

Ask your bag supplier to provide evidence of the thickness (microns or ‘um’) of your bags. Make sure this thickness is above 36 microns in every part of the bag (not an average or approximate). If you do use plastic bags it is safer to go well above the threshold (eg. 70 microns plus) and consider recycled content.

Suppliers face substantial fines for providing false or misleading information about banned bags from 1 July 2018.

 

2. PHASE OUT ALL EXISTING STOCK OF BANNED BAGS

Retailers should cease buying banned bags from 1 July 2018 and deplete existing stock as quickly as possible.

Retailers face substantial fines if they supply banned bags to customers after 31 December 2018.

The NRA believes that retailers should consider exhausting all banned bags by 1 July 2018 to align with national initiatives and to avoid customer confusion or backlash.

3. INTRODUCE ALTERNATIVES

Each business has unique needs and customers and you should weigh up the best option for you, such as providing no bag at all, or a choice of paper, cardboard, woven, fabric or heavyweight reusable plastic bags.

You may choose to charge a small fee for compliant bags to cover costs, but this is completely up to you.

 

Business owners and senior managers will need to weigh up the options available and make the decisions based on key questions as follows:

Do we need to provide a bag?

You are not required to provide customers with a bag.

The bag ban presents an opportunity to assess whether you really need to offer bags at all. For example, you may already provide products in packaging or containers that the customer can carry or place inside another bag. 

Retailers can substantially reduce the number of bags they give away (and the costs associated with this) by simply asking customers "Do you need a bag?"

What kind of bag do we need?

If you have decided to continue offering bags to customers, you need to ensure these are compliant, as well as being practical and suitable to your business needs. There are many alternative bags available – or you could even design your own.

Some of the things to consider when weighing up alternatives are:

  • What size and weight are your products?
  • Will you need multiple bag sizes and options?
  • How much do the alternative bags cost?
  • How reusable are they (i.e. care, longevity, cleanliness)?
  • Are they recyclable at the end of their useful life?
  • What option aligns with your brand (i.e. quality, image, country of origin, eco status)?
  • Will you brand the bags? Can we add value to our brand and marketing efforts with our bags?
  • Do your bags need to meet food safety standards ie. will they come into contact with foodstuffs?
  • Do you need handles? How strong must these be?
  • What would your customers expect you to offer?
  • What would consumers be prepared to pay for?
What should I ask my supplier?

Sometimes it can be difficult to know the most sustainable option for your business and customers.

Here's some key questions to ask your supplier >

Remember, suppliers face substantial penalties if they provide false or misleading information. You can report suspected offences here >

What alternative bags are best for our business?

The following lists the most common alternative bags available, and some of the pros and cons of each.

1. Reusable non-woven bags

  • often called ‘green’ bags, commonly used by supermarkets
  • includes variations – some have a plastic insert base, some are adapted to cooler bags
  • simple branding can be printed on the bag
  • consumers are already familiar with the reusable nature of these bags
  • consumers already expect to pay a small fee ($1 to $2) for these bags

2. Calico/Fabric reusable bags

  • fabric shopping bags, often made of calico, hessian, cotton or bamboo
  • tend to be more expensive than other options but do tend to be the most durable
  • statement branding and patterns are popular, creating higher perceived value
  • tend to be used by consumers for longer periods and less likely to be thrown out
  • consumers seem to be willing to pay $2 to $5 per printed calico bag

You may also be able to arrange Boomerang Bags for your store. Volunteers from all walks of life get together to make reusable ‘boomerang bags’ using recycled materials, as a means to provide a sustainable alternative to plastic bags. The bags are given away to friends, family, colleagues, bagless strangers and so on, as a plastic bag alternative that can be used and reused, or passed on to others in need. Read more about Boomerang Bags >

3. Premium cardboard bags

  • often used by department stores, fashion boutiques and jewellery stores
  • may have cut-out, rope, ribbon or plastic handles
  • vary in weight, size and quality
  • tend to be considered higher quality or ‘premium’ by customers
  • provide high quality branding opportunities but do cost more than most other alternatives
  • customers are not familiar with being charged for these types of bags so retailers usually incorporate the cost of the bag into a product’s price
  • generally reusable and recyclable

4. Paper bags

  • small and medium paper bags are often used by pharmacies, newsagents and food outlets
  • can be flat or have fold-out bases, can have handles
  • recent advancements mean these bags can be stronger than plastic bags
  • cost-effective compared to other alternative bags
  • can be raw or coloured, and can be made from recycled paper
  • branding can be printed or stamped on the bags at low cost
  • easily recycled
  • customers may be prepared to pay 10c to 50c for these bags

5. Heavyweight plastic bags

  • usually more than 60 microns thick
  • most commonly used by department stores, fashion boutiques and supermarkets
  • come in various sizes but most popular for large items or large basket counts
  • branding is printed on the plastic pre-production
  • reusable though this can depend on the size, brand popularity and durability
  • recyclable at soft plastic recyclers
  • some retailers provide these bags free to the customer but consumers have also show willingness to pay a small amount (eg. 15c) per reusable plastic bag 

Note: The NRA strongly recommends against using lightweight plastic singlet bags close to 35 microns thick. 

6. Other options

  • there are many creative, eye-catching options
    some retailers have chosen to make a statement with their bags and packaging, aligning this with their brand
  • some retailers have decided to add bags as a high volume product line that doubles as branding
  • there is growing popularity for reusable bags that fold or scrunch up so that they are easily slipped into a handbag or glovebox. This may present an opportunity for retailers to sell these bags.
What bags should we avoid?

The NRA believes that retailers who use plastic shopping bags close to 35 microns thick (and suppliers who promote them) are exposed to substantial risk for several reasons:

  • inconsistent micron measurement
  • future adaptations of the ban
  • consumer perceptions
  • willingness to pay

Read more about these risks >

Should I charge for bags?

As outlined in the examples above, each alternative bag has advantages and disadvantages. Alternative bags cost more per unit but customers seem willing to pay for truly reusable bags.

How you introduce alternative options is up to you. You can either provide no bag at all, supply alternative bags free to your customers, offer them for sale, or a combination of the latter two:

  1. Provide no bag (customer must bring their own)
    If you have previously provided free lightweight plastic bags to your customers, and you remove the banned bags without providing a replacement, you should save on business costs. If you currently give away 100 plastic bags a day, this could be costing your business up to $15,000 over 5 years, with little chance of recompense.

    If you decide to not provide bags at all, you should carefully manage the transition to ensure customers are informed and prepared for the change to avoid negative feedback or loss of business.
    .

  2. Provide alternative bags to customers at no charge
    Reusable bags carry a higher unit cost than lightweight plastic bags, so if you choose to supply the new alternatives free to customers you will likely incur higher business costs. This is untenable for many small businesses and you may want to consider a bag fee.

    You might choose to offer alternative bags for free, for example, if you believe that consumers expect a free bag in your retail category, you want to increase ‘walk-around’ exposure of your brand, or you can accommodate the additional cost in your product margins.
    .

  3. Offer alternative bags for sale
    Retailers across Australia and the world have been introducing reusable bags over the past ten years in Australia, with many now charging a small amount per bag – creating widespread consumer familiarity with paying for reusable bags.

    Large retailers tend to be providing a range of bags for sale at different price-points to suit customer budgets. Smaller retailers may only need to offer one or two size and price options. This option presents a positive opportunity for retailers to recoup the cost of bags while giving people the choice to avoid a charge by bringing their own bag, rather than increasing the cost of all products to all customers.

    An additional environmental benefit of bag fees is that typically bag usage drops by up to 90% when consumers have to pay for a bag. This decreases the volume and consumption of bags, and therefore less landfill and less chance of them being littered.

    Note: Consumers appear to be willing to pay for quality, truly reusable bags and seem reluctant to pay for plastic bags which look or feel similar to banned bags even if they are technically compliant.
    .

  4. Combination of free and charged bags
    Particular retailers, such as pharmacies, may choose to provide recyclable paper bags for small items at no charge, while charging for larger reusable bags.

Please note: retailers cannot supply banned plastic bags from 1 Jan 2019 – regardless of whether they are free or charged.

4. TRAIN YOUR TEAM

A critical element of managing the ban in your business will be to prepare and train your team, particularly those who have regular contact with customers, such as checkout operators and customer service staff.

Depending on the alternatives you choose to offer, you may also need to consider changes to packing processes, point-of-sale areas and displays, as well as workplace health and safety issues such as packing weights and manual handling.

5. INFORM YOUR CUSTOMERS

The Western Australian Government ran an educational campaign from June 2018 to educate and prepare customers for the impending ban. In addition, the National Retail Association partnered with the WA Government to run a large-scale campaign in January 2019.

However retailers will need to be prepared to handle customer questions and objections.

One of the best things you can do to inform your customers is display the official signage in your store or near the point-of-sale.

Instagram post 2131602693596017175_8064203449 Saffron is an advocate for the environment she is from the Saltwater Fish Bar in Byford offers tote bags for customers and are always looking for more sustainble options. Good work!
#reuseablebag 
#bagbanwa 
#national_retail_association 
#byford
Instagram post 2131598349555406847_8064203449 The Owner, Teaghan @figandivycafe in Byford is all smiles & proud to be plastic bag free in her business. Great Work!
#byford 
#bagbanwa 
#national_retail_association 
#cafe 
#ownyourimpactwa
Instagram post 2131594468976868154_8064203449 Gillian @cartridgeworld is on board with taking plastic bags out of her business. Thank you!
#retail 
#bagbanwa 
#shopping 
#national_retail_association 
#midland 
#reuseablebags
Instagram post 2131591147599867224_8064203449 Tyler from @my_health_market_midland is pro reusable bags & thinks the plastic bag ban is a great start. Thanks for your support.
#retail 
#bagbanwa 
#midland 
#national_retail_association 
#shopping
Instagram post 2131586899449307844_8064203449 The Salvation Army @salvosau in Midland are not shy in supporting WA's bag ban. Good job guys!
#bagbanwa 
#retail 
#shopping 
#midland 
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2131579852649506148_8064203449 These friendly ladies, Lesley & Connie @therobotbunfactory in Midland have an eye for the future and don't use plastic in their quirky robotic cafe.  Great job ladies!
#bagbanwa 
#midlandcafe 
#national_retail_association 
#retail
Instagram post 2126855284806536290_8064203449 Leanne @schlice_perth doesn't serve her desserts on plastic - she has made then to enjoy on paper tray & bags.  Well done!
#plasticbagban 
#coventrymarkets 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa 
#perth
Instagram post 2126820028401579483_8064203449 This guy Matt @eco.revolution is an Eco Warrior with paper bags, products & workshops. Fantastc Work Matt!
#bagbanwa 
#coventrymarkets 
#national_retail_association 
#morley 
#ownyourimpactwa
Instagram post 2126533131473223009_8064203449 This is Arena @dunnandwalton she is super proud to support the environment.  It is second nature to her, as it has always been her family's view.  Organic, recycle, compost, using glass- Awesome work! Check out the trolley - all the trolleys plastic handles have been replaced with wood.
#ownyourimpactwa 
#retail 
#national_retail_association 
#perth 
#bagbanwa
Instagram post 2126527215457534667_8064203449 Jena & Kyra @grindzeroscarborough  are fully supportive of the plastic bag ban and have a positive ideas towards zero waste. Did u know you if you carry a large paper bag when traveling you have an instant ironing board? Very clever Jena - thanks for the tip!
#ownyourimpactwa 
#bagbanwa 
#scarboroughcafe 
#national_retail_association 
#perth
Instagram post 2126522660191803432_8064203449 Skate in & see Mitch @lividskatecafe  to see that using paper products is easy, easier than learning how to skate maybe? Great job!
#scarboroughcafe 
#bagbanwa 
#national_retail_association
#plasticfree
Instagram post 2126518988389044297_8064203449 These guys, Cleo & Kael @healthfreakscarborough are super at looking after the environment by not having plastic bags and supporting the bag ban in WA. Great job!
#healthyfood 
#cafe 
#perth 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa
Instagram post 2126263857617759133_8064203449 Samantha at Scarborough 7 day Chemist not only uses paper, but  offers this tote which is printed with their business name.  Great advertising  to customers.
#bagbanwa 
#national_retail_association 
#chemist
Instagram post 2126249205269629809_8064203449 This is Val & Fei at Canteen by Lexis Scarborough - they have ditched the plastic for paper only.  Good job!
#cafe 
#bagbanwa 
#national_retail_association 
#plasticbagban
Instagram post 2126246041539802578_8064203449 Hey Johanny @lakelandsmultiservice  has been a proud supporter of using paper bags..so proud that he has printed them with the Aussie flag. Great Work!
#bagbanwa 
#retail 
#national_retail_association 
#fixthings
Instagram post 2120430768496826633_8064203449 Chris @fremantlehealthfoods is keeping the plastic bag ban message simple, however, he also offers many more sustainable options in store too.
#plasticbagban 
#freolife 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa
Instagram post 2119481742347685800_8064203449 You wont find plastic here @papercupsouthfreo - No Way!
says Lauren. There are also so many other alternatives which they are using to consider our environment - Well Done!
#plasticbagban 
#cafe 
#national_retail_association 
#ownyourownimpactwa
Instagram post 2119477720186352322_8064203449 Audrey & Flo (pic) @thestorehousefremantle have heaps of sustainable options for customers from alterntive material bags to free jars. Awesome work & thanks for supporting the WA Bag Ban.
#thestorehousefremantle 
#ownyourownimpactwa 
#national_retail_association 
#plasticbagban
#fremantleshopping
Instagram post 2118973006197684621_8064203449 Ella & Teina @salsa are pretty cool using paper for their customers.
#plasticbagban 
#kwinanamarketplace 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa
Instagram post 2118970685464023306_8064203449 Tony @misterminit is up with all the options available for his business- he uses paper, velvet gift bags & great nylon shoe bags - Great Work!
#plasticbagban 
#kwinanamarketplace 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa
Instagram post 2118967124869092255_8064203449 Kelvin @jesters definitely has paper bags and has also requested head office to reduce their packing plastic too.
#plasticbagban 
#kwinanamarketplace 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa
Instagram post 2118963526777169399_8064203449 Andy @caffissimo is keeping it simple with his paper bags.
#plasticbagban 
#kwinanamarketplace 
#cafe 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa
Instagram post 2116085666391306874_8064203449 Angela (left) the Owner @samudera_mandurah & Abbey (right) were happy to chat about the plastic bag ban, she absolutely LOVES it!  In actual fact her coffee is delivered to her in recycle tins instead of packaging- plastic free zone here! Keep up the great work!
#plasticbagban 
#mandurahforeshore 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa
Instagram post 2116079470448212038_8064203449 Aran has a beach theme happening @theforeshorecafe so no plastic to be seen - Good work!
#plasticbagban 
#mandurahforeshore 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa
Instagram post 2116076888568665894_8064203449 @thehummingbirdwatersidecafe Amber is using paper for the customers and locally made reusable bags - Great Job!
#reusablebags 
#mandurahforeshore 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa
Instagram post 2116047129193414454_8064203449 Ankita @blackboard_by_foodnco is proud of her decision to go paper in her newly owned cafe business - Well done & best of luck!
#plasticbagban 
#mandurahforeshore 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa 
#cafe
Instagram post 2116044248755101296_8064203449 @thebatherbar Mandurah - Kelly, Marianne & Chris say its always been the bather boutique paper carry bag! Great job ladies!
#plasticbagban 
#retail 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa
#mandurahbusiness
Instagram post 2116040529196072962_8064203449 Natalie @tonichealthstore uses paper only - Awesome work!
#plasticbagban 
#broadwayfairnedlands 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa 
#retail
Instagram post 2116038119710862061_8064203449 Andrew @pollitochipotlegrill has started the business on the right foot by being totally pro paper & other sustainable options - Best of luck!
#plasticbagban 
#broadwayfairnedlands 
#food 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa
Instagram post 2116035534375471754_8064203449 Russ @cloudninedrycleaner is always reusing bags & now has a great idea to have this great bag for his customers- Great Work Russ!
#reusablebags 
#drycleaners 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa 
#claremont
Instagram post 2116032629056499217_8064203449 Ann-Maree @partytownaustralia is smiling as she has always used paper carry bags.
#retail 
#claremont 
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa
Instagram post 2116029006041920391_8064203449 Rue @standingroomcoffee is keeping it super simple & supporting the change of reducing plastic usage.
#plasticbagban 
#claremontcafe 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa
Instagram post 2116026347792784559_8064203449 Tash @jcocafe is proud to be using paper and other more sustainable options for the benefit of our future.
#plasticbagban
#claremontcafe 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa
Instagram post 2116022998976449346_8064203449 #newsexpress @ Armadale Central are using reusable carry bags or paper- Good Work Jason!
#reusablebags 
#plasticbagban 
#national_retail_association 
#bagbanwa
Instagram post 2105824444337334406_8064203449 @gethealthyperth 
Laura @gethealthyperth Go Vita in Victoria Park has the message clearly on the counter-  Go Vita supports-  Ban the Bag.  Thank you for your support by using paper bags.
#reuseablebags 
#plasticbagban 
#perth
#vicpark 
#national_retail_association 
#retail
Instagram post 2105820426076603150_8064203449 @thesourcevicpark 
Wendy @thesourcevicpark has it sorted - its all about no plastic bags, but all about paper bags, hessian bags & glass jars - even BYO containers. Great Work Wendy!
#reuseablebags 
#bagbanwa 
#retail 
#plasticbagban 
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2105816084124711294_8064203449 @fishboss.com.au  Jamie @fishboss.com.au is literally the Boss when it comes to being plastic free and paper friendly. Well Done!
#bagbanwa 
#foodshop 
#retail 
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2105811334746526006_8064203449 @thingzgifts 
Hazel @thingzgifts in Mandurah has a great selection of reusable bags of various sizes and even one that the boys can handle - they arent all covered in flowers!
#reuseablebags 
#bagbanwa 
#retailshopping 
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2105808050631643346_8064203449 @typoshop 
Isabella @typoshop Mandurah Forum is showing us the way by offering paper bags & creative totes.
#reuseablebags 
#shopping
#bagbanwa 
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2105805862698180809_8064203449 @asterandruby 
Melissa @asterandruby Mandurah Forum is owning her cute paper bag which they have had always.
#reuseablebags 
#retailshopping 
#bagbanwa 
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2105800673706537404_8064203449 @madmexau 
Adam @madmexau in Mandurah is promoting his fresh food for life, as well as being plastic free for life at work.
#foodforum 
#bagbanwa
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2105796706037630097_8064203449 Eric @happytel in Mandurah Forum is happy to support WA's bag ban by having paper bags for his customers.
#bagbanwa
#retailshopping 
#mandurah
#national_retail_association 
#reuseablebag
Instagram post 2105792723101305465_8064203449 @shingleinn 
Kate @shingleinn in Mandurah us keeping the message simple. 
#mandurahforum 
#bagbanwa
#national_retail_association 
#plasticbagban
Instagram post 2105767536943285024_8064203449 @psychomug 
Sean @pyschomug is all keen to support no plastic only paper in his cafe. Did you know that coffee granules are very good for your skin?
#bagbanwa
#rockebyroad
#subicafe 
#national_retail_association
#plasticbagban
Instagram post 2105763215031706952_8064203449 @lotsixzerosubiaco 
Liam @lotsixzerosubiaco is so proud to support the ban as only paper us used here at this buzzing cafe.
#subicafe 
#bagbanwa
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2105761219675673514_8064203449 @urbansoulfoods 
Paper only for this guy Paolo @urbansoulfoods just as his food selection deserves!
#subishop 
#bagbanwa 
#plasticbagban
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2101294696395428841_8064203449 @duskaustralia 
Penny & Lian @duskaustralia Rockingham are using great paper strong bags with handles that are easy to reuse.

#bagbanwa 
#reuserecycle 
#rockinghamretail 
#rockingham
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2101291718951202232_8064203449 Lana is proud that @thejerkyco has always used paper bags.

#bagbanwa 
#retailrockingham
#rockingham
#ownyourimpactwa
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2101289768708971748_8064203449 Tara at @scents_perfume_specialists in Rockingham have the cutest recyclable paper bags.

#bagbanwa
#retailshops 
#national_retail_association 
#plasticbagban
#rockingham
Instagram post 2101287158761282248_8064203449 An awesome selection of reusable bags at Cape to Cairo - Rockingham. Their cooler bags are affordable and very popular. Charmaine you are doing a great job!

#bagbanwa
#rockinghamretail 
#rockingham
#reusablebags
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2101230213442380886_8064203449 Great new paper bags at @pricelinehaystreet in Perth. Love to see that they are 10c and 20c as bag fees also help reduce consumption 🌱

#bagbanwa
#perth
#retail
#shopping
#plasticbagban
#recycle
#ownyourimpactwa
#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2100681857578084591_8064203449 Paper all the way @three_stories - nearly a decade for these guys & a great tote bag too - Well Done!

#bagbanwa
#reuseablebags 
#freoshops 
#national_retail_association
#fremantle
Instagram post 2060290255338569895_8064203449 For the small price of 50c, a big impact will be made. 
Take home your food in these fabulous reusable bags. 
Thank you for supporting the Bag Ban in WA 😊👏
Instagram post 2060283175898514630_8064203449 Centaurian Seafood gift these great cooler bags with your frozen seafood purchase. 
Thank you Alan for supporting the Bag Ban in WA 👏😊 #bagbanwa#bagban#banthebag#national_retail_association#plasticbagfree
Instagram post 2055049105604746526_8064203449 Maddy at SuperChem displays their $1 reusable bags. 
Thank you for supporting the Bag Ban in WA 😊👏 #bagban#bagbanwa#banthebag#national_retail_association#plasticbagfree
Instagram post 2055028924702694187_8064203449 Uncle Chops are supporting the Bag Ban in WA by being plastic bag free. 
These sustainable boxes are all you need for your takeaway. 
Thank you 😊👏 #bagbanwa#bagban#banthebag#plasticbagfree#national_retail_association#knowyourimpact
Instagram post 2055013969349815163_8064203449 The Giving Art Gift Store is also giving back to the environment with these paper shopping bags. 
Thank you for supporting the Bag Ban in WA 😊👏 #bagban#bagbanwa#plasticbagfree#knowyourimpact#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2040560971186323749_8064203449 Shoe Shu are doing something new. 
These spun cotton shopping bags are a cut above single use plastic bags. 
Thank you Annette and Mandy for supporting the Bag Ban in WA. 😊👏 #shoeshu#bagban#bagbanwa#knowyourimpact#banthebag#national_retail_association#sustainability#sustainablefashion
Instagram post 2040554106234616032_8064203449 At Dong Khoa Fruit and Vegetables you can buy fresh produce but not a plastic shopping bag. 
Thank you Loi for supporting the Bag Ban in WA. 😊👏 #bagban#bagbanwa#knowyourimpact#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2040527145752063054_8064203449 New owner,  new look,  new ways. 
Thank you Stuart for supporting the Bag Ban in WA. 😊👏 #freotshirts#bagbanwa#bagban#banthebag#plasticbagfree#knowyourimpact#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2040471684604440847_8064203449 Great food,  great philosophy.  Ada from Parlapa is passionate about being plastic shopping bag free.

Thank you for knowing your impact and supporting the Bag Ban in WA. 😊👏 #parlapa#plasticbagfree#bagban #bagbanwa#banthebag#national_retail_association#knowyourimpact
Instagram post 2040469444208523279_8064203449 Nomad Gnome is known for alternative clothing. 
They also have a great alternative to plastic shopping bags with these organza beauty's. 
Thank you Jenny for supporting the Bag Ban in WA. 
#nomadgnome#plasticbagfree#bagban#bagbanwa#banthebag#national_retail_association#knowyourimpact
Instagram post 2040466708624669586_8064203449 Bring your own bag to Habibs Kebabs as they are plastic shopping bag free.

Thank you Mohibullah for supporting the Bag Ban in WA 😊👏
#plasticbagfree#bagban#bagbanwa#national_retail_association#knowyourimpact
Instagram post 2040462889761302098_8064203449 There's nothing grumpy about the Grumpy Sailor.  Van's hospitality is as good as DJ's coffee. 
There are also no plastic straws or bags to take your goods away in. 
Thank you for supporting the environment by being plastic bag and plastic straw free! 😊👏 #thegrumpysailorfremantle#plasticbagfree#plasticstrawfree#bagbanwa#banthebag#bagban#knowyourimpact
Instagram post 2040457509962490885_8064203449 Fashion doesn't need to cost the environment.

These paper bags are perfect for taking those new clothes home. 
Thank you Wear2! 👏😊 #bagbanwa#bagban#plasticbagfree#national_retail_association#knowyourimpact#wear2
Instagram post 2040454675518880198_8064203449 Milk Belly care about sustainability by being plastic free. 
Jacob is showing us how Milk Belly prefers paper over plastic! 👏😊 #plasticbagfree#bagbanwa#banthebag#knowyourimpact#national_retail_association#milkbellycafe
Instagram post 2033289030876442826_8064203449 Fill up on these sustainable ideas at #thankgodimfullcoffeeandeatery 
Not only are they plastic bag free,  they are plastic cutlery plastic straw free too. 
Take it away in a paper  bag,  drink up with wheat straws, and tuck in with bamboo cutlery.
Thank you Bikash for supporting the Bag Ban in WA. 😊👏 #bagbanwa#bagban#banthebag#national_retail_association#plasticbagfree#knowyourimpact
Instagram post 2033275320694972742_8064203449 Need food? No worries. 
Load up one of these great boxes instead of filling up a plastic shopping bag. 
Thank you Freya and Chris for your hospitality today.

We appreciate your support of the Bag Ban in WA 😊👏 #bagban#banthebag#bagbanwa#plasticbagfree#knowyourimpact#national_retail_association#europeanfoodswholesalers
Instagram post 2033231123283480335_8064203449 Bangkok Brothers are doing their takeaway plastic bag free. 
Thank you for your support of the Bag Ban in WA 😊👏 #bangkokbrothersperth#banthebag#bagbanwa #plasticbagfree#national_retail_association#knowyourimpact
Instagram post 2033221494361269235_8064203449 At Joynt Venture you will find lots of interesting things. 
What you won't find is a plastic shopping bag. 
Thank you Turtle for supporting the single use shopping bag ban. 😊👏 #bagbanwa#national_retail_association#knowyourimpact#plasticbagfree#joyntventureperth
Instagram post 2033213121423143128_8064203449 Kakulas Bros are doing it different. 
These reusable produce bags are upcycled wedding dresses.😊👏 #plasticbagfree#knowyourimpact#national_retail_association#bagbanwa#reuserecyle#localssupportlocal#milknhoney
Instagram post 2033184518928926750_8064203449 At the Lion Oriental Food Co,  you will find sake,  but no plastic bags. 
Sandra reuses boxes to be plastic bag free. 
#lionorientalfoods#plasticbagfre#national_retail_association#knowyourimpact#bagbanwa
Instagram post 2019427301339837506_8064203449 Check out these sweet containers for your sweet treats.😊👏 #labellepatisserie#bagban#bagbanwa #knowyourimpact#plasticbagfree#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2019423425601617703_8064203449 When you get your things at Thingz,  you'll find a selection of reusable bags in the size you need. 😊👏 #bagbanwa#bagban#knowyourimpact#national_retail_association#plasticbagfree#thingzbelmont#thingz
Instagram post 2019417199962515152_8064203449 Kitchenware don't supply plastic bags. 
Instead you'll find these generous shopping bags to hold your goods. 👏😊 #bagban#bagbanwa#knowyourimpact#national_retail_association#plasticbagfree
Instagram post 2018101847622214857_8064203449 Pricesavers in Maddington stock these bright red reusable bags.

They'll be easy to spot when you're looking for a reusable bag to do your shopping! 👏😊 #bagban#bagbanwa#knowyourimpact#national_retail_association#reusablebags#pricesaversmaddington
Instagram post 2015191724398681863_8064203449 Bak Kwa Ling at Coventry Village have their bag plan. 👏

Reuse these cute bags for your takeaway over and over again. 
#bakkwaling#reuseablebags#takeawaybags#bagbanwa#bagban#whatsyourbagplan#knowyourimpact#national_retail_association
Instagram post 2015184594526410842_8064203449 Miniprice Discount Variety Store at Midland Gate are plastic shopping bag free! 😊👏 #miniprice#minipricediscountvarietystores#bagban#bagbanwa#whatsyourbagplan#knowyourimpact#national_retail_association
Instagram post 1984700050564389186_8064203449 Great initiative at #Westfield to recycle coffee cups. Many retailers now also welcome reusable cups and mugs.

#ownyourownimpact #recycling #retail #sustainability #coffee☕ #national_retail_association
Instagram post 1962872122381747134_8064203449 Great work @currambine_central - thanks for helping with the WA bag ban.
#bagbanwa #thankyouwa

Please note: the advice provided on this website is designed to assist retailers in understanding the ban and weighing up options but is by no means exhaustive. Each retail business should assess and make decisions based on their own advice and situation.