Australia’s plastic bag use drops 80% in three months

Dec 04, 2018, 7:21 AM EST
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Australia’s environmental record hardly flatters the critics, but the country’s latest feat deserves a huge round of applause. The consumption of single-use plastic shopping bags in Australia plummeted 80 percent in just three months after two of its largest supermarket chains threw their weight behind the war against plastic pollution.

Woolworths and its rival Coles banned single-use plastic bags in all their stores in late June, preventing the use of around 1.5 billion of plastic bags, notes Tree Hugger.

While the ban incensed a few Aussies initially and even adversely impacted the sales, the country has promptly learned to adjust to the green shift, reports Eco Watch. National Retail Association's David Stout said he hopes the Australian government could enforce a nationwide ban.