Across Australia and New Zealand, lightweight plastic bags have been outlawed – except for in New South Wales where a ban is anticipated later in the year.
These bans were about protecting our environment for now and for future generations.
Previously in Australia, around 3.2 billion plastic bags were being used every year.
While the majority of these ended up in landfill, around 40million bags would enter the environment every year.
The impact was significant, with these lightweight bags breaking down into smaller pieces of plastic which then remained in our natural environment, or even entered the food chain for animals.
This problem has been exacerbated for our marine life, with the Ellen MacArthur foundation predicting that without significant change there will be more plastic in the ocean by weight than fish by the year 2050.