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Watch: Is the plastic bag ban enough?

Following in-line with most Australian states, major supermarket chains Woolworths and Coles have recently banned single use plastic bags from all of their locations, including those like Big W and BWS, that fall under their umbrella. Woolworths has also committed to stop selling plastic straws by the end of 2018 and news that McDonald’s is phasing out the plastic straw follows Deakin University students taking the same pledge.

Despite the uproar that the implementation of the bans caused amongst the general population, environmental groups have praised the move and claim that it is a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done. Dr Trevor Thornton, Lecturer from the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at Deakin University, has outlined eight further steps that supermarkets should be undertaking to ensure that they have an even smaller environmental impact. Watch below.

Interested in learning more about the environment? Consider studying with Deakin University’s School of Life and Environmental Sciences.

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Dr Trevor Thornton
Dr Trevor Thornton

Lecturer, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environment, Deakin University

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