Tasmania is close to banning plastic shopping bags. Countries that have already banned or taken action against plastic shopping bags are Australia, Bangladesh, Ireland, Italy, South Africa, and Taiwan. These bags are the direct cause of over 100,000 deaths among marine life every year.
California has also proposed to charge consumers for the bags if they do not bring their own from home.
Though not a country, San Francisco has banned plastic bags within city limits and as a resident it was hard at first to get used to the change, but after a few weeks, it became habit to pack a reusable bag with me whenever I went out. It’s important to understand that real change means changing people’s habits. Once people become accustomed to a new way of doing things, it’s amazing how quickly the old way is forgotten.
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