The backlash over Woolworths’ latest Ooshies promotion has continued with customers expressing growing discontent over the environmental impact of the plastic toys.
Supermarket shoppers have voiced their concern in countless messages to Woolworths and by signing a petition calling on the promotion to be cancelled.
Despite making recycling bins for Ooshies and their wrappers available in all stores for the first time, customers have made it known they are far from satisfied with the solution.
Woolworths has been accused of “contributing to worldwide waste by introducing Ooshies”, with shoppers calling on the hysteria over the popular collectables to “just stop”.
“What a waste of resources. Woolworths are contributing to world-wide waste by introducing Ooshies. More rubbish made in China. Please just STOP! I understand you are recycling the rubbish but why introduce them in the first place?,” one upset shopper wrote to the retailer’s Facebook page.
Another person criticised Woolworths and accused it of failing to do its “bit”.
“Maybe instead of Ooshie's Woolworths should look at what people actually want. We are trying to do ‘our’ bit while Woolworths is not assisting, is actually making it worse,” they wrote in a post.
Someone else pleaded with the retailer to “stop the Ooshies please”.
“More non-recyclable plastic pieces of crap to go into our soil/water. Stop the Ooshies please,” their post read.
The message echoed that of the authors behind several change.org petitions - one called “Woolworths - put a stop to plastic toy promotions” and another, “Woolworths: Stop Disney Ooshies release”.
Each of the petitions have received more than 1000 signatures since being established following the latest Ooshies launch on Wednesday last week.
“These supermarkets need to be held accountable for the plastic waste they are willingly putting out there for their profits,” one of the petitions read.
“We need to stop this - our children who are collecting these toys will be the ones dealing with them as they still float around in landfill or waterways.”
Rumours about “ultra-rare” Ooshies
While there has been no shortage of backlash surrounding the latest collections, many Australians have been enjoying collecting them and scheming ways to get maximum toys for the lowest spend.
Fans have this week begun speculating over the possible future release of two “ultra-rare” Ooshies - a furry version of Thor and The Child from Star Wars.
The rumour mill got to work after a supposed Woolworths document emerged on Facebook, showing an image of the two unreleased Ooshies and a dot point saying there would be just 100 of each released into circulation.
Yahoo News Australia contacted Woolworths for clarification, however it would not confirm if the two products were going to be introduced or not.
“We’ve partnered with our friends at Disney+ to bring some excitement and magic to our customers' shop. We’ve been pleased to see so many of them enjoying beginning their collections in the last week,” a spokesperson said in response to a query about the rare toys.
“We’re always looking at new ways to make our collections unique and we’ll have more to reveal in the coming weeks.”
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