A Woolworths shopper was surprised to discover that the supermarket’s limited edition Christmas shopping bags double as wrapping paper – but not everyone is on board with the idea.
Vanessa, from Sydney, realised the holiday bags had dotted lines you could cut out to make a sheet of brown patterned Christmas paper.
While the 25c recyclable bags have been praised as a sustainable option as most giftwrap can’t be recycled – many have criticised its durability.
‘I can’t reuse mine because it broke and all my groceries fell out on the driveway this afternoon,’ one said.
‘They’re probably better off used as wrapping paper because they don’t function well as bags. Put one bottle or anything heavy in there and it rips,’ another wrote.
But Vanessa was intent on reusing the Woolworths bags for her business – and claimed there were various other ways to use the leftover paper.
‘I love to recycle, and I use the bags to stuff my packaging so things don’t rattle around,’ she said. ‘It saves me from buying so much paper.’
The bags can also be used to line kitchen and wardrobe drawers.
Some Woolies fans love the budget hack, describing it as a great ‘money-saver’ over Christmas.
‘I actually love this! Because otherwise those paper bags have no purpose,’ one woman said.
‘So good. It doesn’t look bad either, I thought it would look super tacky,’ another commented.
But others claimed it was still an expensive option that ‘looked worse’ than regular wrapping paper.
‘Good idea, but really expensive Christmas paper when you factor in how much you can wrap compared to a roll,’ a man wrote.
‘I don’t get a chance to cut the handles off – they break off in two seconds when you use them,’ another said.
‘I tried this but my sticky tape kept unsticking from the paper,’ a mum shared. ‘Didn’t work!’