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Offering free lightweight plastic bags causes excessive plastic use, while banning lightweight bags can increase the use of heavier plastic bags (such as bin liners). Coles’ decision brings out the worst of both worlds. PETER RAE/AAP

Why Coles’ plastic bag backflip leaves us worse off than before

Providing thicker plastic bags for free is worse than pointless. It encourages the same wasteful habits, but with more damaging material.
Single-use plastics are convenient, but it’s time to phase them out. Photo by Sander Wehkamp/Unsplash

How to break up with plastics (using behavioural science)

How do you help a country get over plastic? By creating awareness and minor inconveniences and by providing lots of reminders.
Plastic debris strewn across a beach. (USFWS)

How to clean up our universal plastic tragedy

We're drowning in plastics. With governments setting un-ambitious targets, corporations are now listening to consumers who are demanding less plastic packaging and food containers.
The Victorian government has a new proposal to ban plastic bags. What is it missing? suvajit/pixabay

Victoria’s plastic bag ban: a good start, but we can do more

Victoria's proposed ban on single-use plastic bags is a step forward, but what about all the other unnecessary packaging? A truly effective waste policy should offer a comprehensive plan for packaging.
Plastic trash on San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. Kevin Krejci

Bait and switch: Anchovies eat plastic because it smells like prey

A new study shows that anchovies – key food for larger fish – are attracted to plastic trash because it smells like food. This suggests that toxic substances in plastic could move up through food chains.
Selling these new bags at 15 cents each, effectively creates another revenue stream with nearly A$71 million in gross profit. Paul Miller/AAP

Getting rid of plastic bags: a windfall for supermarkets but it won’t do much for the environment

Moves by major to supermarkets to only offer plastic bags for a charge could make these businesses more than a million dollars a year, but it may only have a small impact on the environment.
Plastic bags are still hanging around years later. Adrian S Pye

Government’s plastic bag plan has been shot full of holes

After months of deliberation and consultations, the UK government’s long-awaited announcement about a plastic bag charge arrives, only for Defra to shoot it full of holes by opting to exempt retailers…

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