Supermarket ban sees ‘80% drop’ in plastic bag consumption nationwide – AustraliaPosted on December 9, 2018 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations
An estimated 1.5bn fewer bags have been used after major supermarket chains began phase out
The ban on single-use plastic bags by Australia’s two largest supermarkets prevented the introduction of an estimated 1.5bn bags into the environment, and the retail industry is hopeful this is only the beginning.
Some shoppers objected to the change at the time but many others were strongly in support and three months on the change has translated to an 80% drop in the consumption of plastic bags nationwide, according to the National Retail Association.
“Indeed, some retailers are reporting reduction rates as high as 90%,” the NRA’s David Stout said on Sunday.
Stout said the ban pavedthe way for smaller businesses, who typically cannot afford to risk the wrath of their customers, to follow suit.
80% that is fantastic from such a simple move.