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PLASTIC BAG PHASE-OUT​

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Brief

In an industry-defining move, Countdown announced a phase out of single-use plastic carrier bags by the end of 2018.The initiative removes 350 million plastic bags from the waste stream every year.

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Approach

As the move to phase out plastic bags was driven by research, market events and Corporate Affairs analysis, it was decided the announcement would be PR-led. 

Porter Novelli was tasked with reinforcing Countdown’s already well-established environmental and sustainability reputation to generate an industry-leading position. 

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Impact

  • In the two days following the announcement, Countdown’s plastic bag commitment reached a cumulative audience of 3,688,072 
  • 106 x pieces of media coverage on the announcement across television, radio and in print. 
  • On social media the announcement generated 1,826 comments, 1,395 shares and 13,000 likes on the Countdown Facebook post on the announcement. 
  • It was Countdown’s most-viewed and engaged Facebook post. Reach exceeded 540,964
  • Support from NGOs and ministers was also secured, including Greenpeace and Green MP Julie-Anne Genter.  We won PRINZ corporate public relations award 2018.
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