Woolies bag hack sparks fierce debate on TikTok: 'Who does that?'

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A TikTok user's hack for folding reusable plastic shopping bags nice and neatly has caused a bit of a debate, but not for the reason you might think.

In her video, Emmy Rachelle (aka @..emmy.m) demonstrates how to turn an enormous mess of Woolies and Coles bags into an orderly pile that can be easily stored in a zip-up cool bag.

TikTok hack for folding Woolworths reusable plastic shopping bags. Photo: TikTok/..emmy.m.
A TikTok user has shared a hack for folding Woolies and Coles reusable plastic shopping bags. Photo: TikTok/..emmy.m.

Bag folding hack

Emmy described her origami-style technique as 'very technical' but also 'very satisfying'.

“Now, the way I fold my bags is very technical," she began.

"Make the first fold just below the 80 percent. The second fold where that line is, and the third fold right to the top.

"Then you’re going to roll little triangles all the way up and this last little bit tucks in just like that.

"And once you’re done, you’re left with a little carrot. I don’t know, the handle just reminds me of a carrot top."

Reusable plastic shopping bags stuffed down the side of a silver refridgerator
Where do you keep your shopping bags? Photo: TikTok/..emmy.m.

Her fellow TikTok users were impressed with the hack, but many disagreed with Emmy's claim about where Aussie shoppers store their reusable bags at home.

"Every Aussie ever piles their bags on the side of the fridge," she declares at the start of her video.

Well, not every Aussie does the same, going by the comments.

"Who actually does that?!" wrote one TikTok user.

"Never stored my bags beside my fridge, but I do have two bag cupboards!" added another.

Woolworths reusable plastic shopping bags
From chaos to calm. Photo: TikTok/..emmy.m.

One user remarked: "Wow, do people really stuff bags beside the fridge? That would drive me crazy."

"Yeah, no Aussie other than you does that!" agreed another.

Others revealed where they prefer to store their bags when not in use.

"If you don’t put them under the sink, you’re not Aussie!" declared one.

"I've never stored them next to the fridge... they live in the boot of the car," another wrote.

"Ours are in the bottom of our pantry," said a third.

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Life Basics Produce Bags - Large 8 pack, $19.96. Photo: Life Basics.
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