From all SuperValue Supermarkets nation wide!

We're proud to announce that SuperValue Supermarkets have said bye to single-use plastic checkout bags - a month ahead of its original target of the end of 2018.

Read our article about it here.


What options have I got if I forget my bags?

  • Our first preference is for you to bring your own bags, boxes or whatever you have that’s convenient and reusable.
  • If you forget, SuperValue’s $1 black Bag for Keeps is your best option - when it wears out, we’ll replace it for free.
  • We also have an emergency reusable bag option for 15c and a paper bag option for 20c. As well as a range of other jute bags. All of our options are reusable and designed to be used again and again.

What is Bag for Keeps?

  • SuperValue’s reusable black bag is now a Bag for Keeps. For $1, when it wears out, we’ll replace it for free, no matter when you bought it from us.
  • Under the programme, simply bring in your worn out black reusable bag when you shop with us, and we’ll swap it at the checkout for a new one.

What’s with the 15c bag - isn’t this just another plastic bag?

  • Our first preference is that you bring your own bag, but as New Zealanders adjust to the change we know that some customers are going to find it hard to remember their reusable bags every time. If you get caught out we felt it was important to have an affordable and reusable solution so that we’re not putting additional pressure on people’s budgets.
  • These bags will only be available for a limited time and will be phased out in 2019.
  • For 20c you can request a paper bag alternative.

Are SuperValue going to make more money from this move to reusable bags?

  • No. There are some genuine costs for us to cover for this change and we have focused on making the emergency bags as affordable as possible.

Why haven’t you introduced compostable or biodegradable bags?

  • Fundamentally whether it’s compostable, biodegradable or corn starch bags, they are all still disposable.
  • While home composting is gaining popularity, it’s not a mainstream solution for most New Zealanders. Few bag options available on the market right now can successfully be composted in home compost, and there are only a few areas in New Zealand that have the facilities for commercial composting.
  • ‘Biodegradable plastics’ (eg starch-based shopping bags, drink cup coatings and lids, PLA clear plastic containers) will not degrade easily in the home compost bin or the environment, and are contaminants in regular plastic recycling systems.
  • ‘Degradable’ and ‘oxy-degradable’ plastics break down into tiny pieces of plastic which are not compostable in the natural environment.
  • Given all of this, whether we can sustainably use biodegradable bags isn’t clear enough yet and we don’t want to promote the use of bags that just break down in landfills and/or into micro-plastics. We may look at these types of bags (or compostables) in the future as this area evolves; one of the exciting things is how fast things are changing and how many new alternatives are coming forward all the time.

What about online shopping?

  • From day one of launching online shopping SuperValue has always used paper bags and will continue to do so.

What do I do about my bin liners?

  • We know this will be a change for our customers however it’s the right thing to do for the NZ environment and many other countries around the world are making the change too. There are other more sustainable alternatives to plastic bags, or try newspaper or au natural in your bin and tip it straight into your council collection bin or bag.

Why don’t you just charge for single-use carrier bags?

  • We think it’s really important to help our customers move away from single-use plastic bags - bringing them from home, using them again and again and then recycling them when they’re worn out is a much better outcome for the environment.

What else are you doing to reduce other plastic?

  • Single-use plastic carrier bags are a hot topic but they’re just the start. We’re also looking at other ways to reduce plastic across our business and another project we have recently completed is removing plastic meat trays and replacing them with a recyclable version.