If you’re heading to get groceries todaydon’t forget your reusable bag!
Woolworths is the first Australian supermarket to ban the bag, taking effect Wednesday – including supermarkets, BWS, Metro and petrol outlets.
From July 1, Coles stores all also ban plastic bags.
But not everyone is happy with the ban – with a recent survey from Canstar Blue showing one in five Australians oppose the ban and half of us have been stockpiling.
Greenpeace spokeswoman Zoe Deans said the bans should dramatically reduce plastic waste, particularly on Australia's coastline.
"It takes a bit of getting used to and remembering to pop your re-usable bag into your handbag or backpack to make sure you have one on hand," she said.
"But we do think people understand the pervasiveness of plastic and that it takes hundreds of years to break down in the environment.”
Bans on single-use plastic bags in several European countries since 2003 has led to a 30 per cent drop in plastic bags found in waters off the continent, according to a study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment in April.