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Plastic bag ban better for the environment - when shoppers choose reusables

The news is out, the ban on plastic bags has changed the lives of Australians for good - as long as you choose reusable bags instead. The National Retailers Association revealed that the first six months of the ban had resulted in 1.5 billion fewer plastic bags distributed. This great result is overshadowed a little, as when shoppers choose a 15c bag purchased at the shop, it’s less eco-friendly. Why question 15c bags? What’s the problem? The main issue is that the bags being purchased are ‘heavy duty’. "Put simply, these bags are made of more plastic so they will take much longer to break down in the environment," says Professor Stephen Swearer, Director of the National Centre for Coa

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