[5 June/ABC News]

Coles and Woolworths announced new environmental commitments in response to a shift in consumer attitudes. Coles pledged to halve its food waste across its supermarkets in two years, and divert 90 percent of its waste from landfill by 2022. Senior Communications Manager, Martine Alpins, said Coles wouldn’t be setting these targets if they didn’t expect they would be able to meet them. Woolworths said it would stop selling plastic straws by the end of 2018, as well as reducing plastic packaging in fruit and vegetables. Woolworths Group CEO, Brad Banducci, said they had seen a shift towards sustainable attitudes from customers, and the momentum was growing. Environment Group, Planet Ark, welcomed the moves but also wanted them to go further. Head of Operations, Marty Middlebrook, said they needed to commit to using the recycled product in packaging. If the packaging was made from recycled content, it would give the recycling industry a kickstart.