Ett till exempel på hur korkat EU är. Och plasten fortsätter att översvämma världshaven.
"Italy consumed one quarter of all Europe’s single-use plastic shopping bags before the 2011 ban, but has made the switch smoothly. “There is 8,000 km of coastline in Italy and there were plastic bags on every beach – Italians were fed up,” said Marco Versari, the president of the Italian Bioplastics Association.
Mr Newman said the ban also meant fewer Italians were using the old bags to wrap organic waste, making recycling more efficient. “That is crucial for Italy which recycles five million tonnes of organic waste a year, much more than the UK because Italians cook more at home,” he said.
“Italy decided against taxing bags, like Ireland, and is the forerunner in banning them,” he said. “The world is watching this huge shift and Italy could be the tipping point.”"