Is ditching single-use plastic bags enough? Rebecca Blithe tries eliminating it altogether.

The promise:

At the beginning of the month, a ban on single-use plastic bags was enforced in supermarkets and retailers across New Zealand.

According to National Geographic, 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic now exists - most of which is not recyclable. Instead it's buried in the earth, or swimming in our oceans, either strangling or being consumed by sea life, some of which is, in turn, consumed by us.

There are plenty of advocates for plastic-free living. So how hard is it to ditch the stuff


The history:

The science:

The reality:


The verdict