According to the 'story', with the Warehouse and Foodstuffs starting to directly charge customers the heat is on Progressive Enterprises - the friendly faces behind Foodtown, Countdown and Woolworths - to keep in step. That's all very well, albeit arguably not news, but it gets interesting a few paragraphs in:
The Warehouse, Progressive, Foodstuffs and other retailers have signed a voluntary agreement with the Packaging Council reduce use of plastic bags.I'm sorry, with whom? Who is this Packaging Council, and whom do they represent? What's their angle?
The Packaging Council says the 2004 voluntary agreement has taken 100 million bags out of circulation and is on track to reach a 20 per cent reduction by July.You had better believe that the Packaging Council gets what it wants - or else. I think it's cute how the Council is quoted directly, rather than via a spokesperson - it really gives it that conspiracy feel. But it's nice that the Herald is canvassing not only the supermarkets, but also some sort of independent think-tank.
[...] The Packaging Council says people would use more plastic bin liners if they cannot get free plastics bags to use as rubbish bags.
[...] The Packaging Council wants more effort to be put into increasing the number of bags that are recycled.
Oh, hang on. The Packaging Council website (investigative journalism!) rather gives the game away:
The Packaging Council of New Zealand is industry’s voice on policies affecting packaging and packaging waste. We are the focal point for providing impartial, factual information on packaging and the impact of packaging on the environment.Ah, the industry's voice. Members of the Packaging Council include:
- The Warehouse
- Progressive Enterprises