Plastic ban takes out 1.5 billion bags

The ban on single-use plastic bags by Aust­ralia’s two largest supermarkets prevented the introduction of an estimated 1.5 billion bags into the environment and the retail industry is hopeful this is only the beginning.

Coles and Woolworths’ decision to stop offering single-use disposable plastic bags halfway through the year initially met a swift public backlash.

But three months on the change has translated to an 80 per cent drop in the consumption of plastic bags nationwide, the National Retail Association (NRA) said.

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