Unsustainable bags shifted out of sight and out of landfill


Bupa has announced it will shift to using 100 per cent recyclable paper bags in its Optical stores around Australia. This will take around 100,000 bags out of landfill each year.

These new paper carry bags are made using Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) paper that uses a mixture of materials from FSC-certified forests, recycled materials, and/or FSC controlled wood.

Bupa Optical & Hearing Director Guneet Sawhney noted this initiative as a step-forward in Bupa’s commitment to reducing its environmental footprint.

“We used close to 100,000 laminated cardboard bags in our stores last year that could not be recycled, so taking action to find a sustainable solution was critical.

“This change to FSC paper ensures our new bags for optical purchases are made using sourced responsibly materials and sustainable business practices.

“There were 100,000 reasons for us to make this change. Moving to recyclable bags might seem like a small change, but it can have a significant impact on the environment,” said Guneet.

Bupa Optical also participates in a convenient recycling program for contact lenses, where customers can bring in their old disposable contact lenses and packaging to be recycled in-store.

For more information on Bupa’s commitment to making a positive and sustainable difference for our people, customers, communities and the environment visit here.

Media reference number: 20/113