AUSTRALIA'S biggest supermarket chains are scrambling to combat "bag rage" as frustrated shoppers vent their anger over the removal of single-use plastic bags. Immediately before the ban outraged consumers stealing plastic bags in supermarkets network, Coles and IGA. So Australia is trying to reduce the amount of non-biodegradable synthetic waste falling into the river and the ocean.
"I work at Woolies and have already been abused countless times; it's not our fault", staff member Lauren McGowan told.
Complaints from visitors forced the network to cancel the Woolworths sale for textile bags and offer them for free.
Their employees' union said on Monday that some customers had reacted badly to free single-use bags being replaced.
The news comes on International Plastic Bag Free Day, which was launched to raise awareness about the issue worldwide. Woolworths says police have been contacted over the incident.
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They say the use of single-use plastic bags has been reduced by 74 per cent as a result, and Waitrose has sold more than 5,700 reusable bags in the last two weeks alone - compared to just 60 in the same period a year ago.
The customer then made a mistake by scanning an item twice, but when the same worker came to help him, "he walked up behind her and put his hands around her throat", Harris said.
It also quoted a report which said banning plastic bags would increase greenhouse gas emissions because it took more energy to produce paper and canvas bags.
More than 8 million tons of plastic end up in the oceans each year, according to the Plastic Oceans Foundation.
Fines of up to Aus$5,000 for breaches of the plastic-bag ban do not take effect until 1 January as the government does not want businesses and suppliers to simply dump stocks of bags. Before these bags we used alternatives - we used cardboard boxes, string bags, trolleys.