Are bans effective?

Bags of nudges

I am pretty sure that you, like so many environmentally conscious consumers, take your own reusable bags to the shops all the time. Maybe you simply have no choice — in a growing number of countries, disposable bags have simply been banned. Or if they are still available at a price, you just decide not to pay for the bags that used to be given away for free. There are many ways to reduce the consumption of certain goods. Bans can be pretty effective, though they are still not an entirely watertight approach. People can stockpile goods (as appears to be the case in New Zealand, ahead of an announced ban on plastic bags). ….[READ]