It has taken a couple of weeks but I think I’m finally getting the hang of the supermarket ban on plastic bags. Admittedly I didn’t get off to the best start – juggling a cauliflower, bottle of Dettol, and chicken in one hand and the dog lead in the other as I walked through Warkworth. Yes I could have bought a plastic bag but it seemed against the spirit of what the single-use ban was trying to achieve. It’s not that hard to take your shopping bags with you to the supermarket – our parents did it all the time – it’s just a question of acquiring the habit. And really, wouldn’t it be nice if it was just the start of things to come – with less plastic and Styrofoam packaging on everything we bought and if supermarket aisles weren’t full of fizzy drinks in plastic bottles? I know we’ll never eliminate plastic from our lives but as someone who has a cupboard full of plastic bags, I know something has to change – and maybe our grandchildren will thank us for it.