Over the past 12 months, retailers have prevented billions of plastic bags from entering the environment, according to the National Retail Association.
NRA Manager of Industry Policy David Stout said that this achievement was only made possible by government, industry and consumers working together to ensure a smooth transition.
“We’ve seen a dramatic reduction in shopping bag consumption,” Mr Stout said.
“Retailers have taken the initiative to offer a wide range of reusable alternatives and consumers have responded extremely well.
“People are remembering their own bags and, even when they do forget, they’re choosing to go without a bag or purchasing as few reusable bags as possible.
“The National Retail Association has taken an active and positive role in this change, and has worked closely with multiple state government to provide advice and resources to thousands of retailers.”
“The decision to transition away from lightweight plastic shopping bags has been, without question, one of the most significant changes to the retail sector in a generation as shoppers had grown accustomed to receiving a free plastic bag.
“This was a daunting change for many businesses and we’re extremely proud of how well the entire retail sector has responded.