Australia Successfully Reduces 80% of Its Plastic Bag Use in Just 3 Months

By: | December 14th, 2018

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Australia is doing a remarkable job in an effort to reduce the consumption of plastic bags.

Australian Associated Press reported that approximately 1.5 bn fewer bags have been used after Australia’s two largest supermarket chains banned plastic bags three months ago. This ban led to around 80 percent reduction in the country’s overall consumption of plastic bags.

Coles and Woolworths introduced the ban on single-use plastic bags last summer. As per an estimate, each chain was responsible for around 3.2 billion bags every year.

Initially things were tough for them, as some shoppers were not comfortable with the change. However after just three months there was an 80 percent drop in the overall consumption of plastic bags.

According to the National Retail Association (NRA)’s David Stout, said, “Indeed, some retailers are reporting reduction rates as high as 90%,”

David Stout, added, “Everyone delivering things in a package need to take responsibility for what they deliver it in,”

“I think there’s going to be a lot more pressure on all of us to be more aware of what we consume.”

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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