We have all been there, forgetting to bring a reusable bag to the grocery store and walk out balancing a huge stack of grocerys. Although the lack of plastic bags seems incredibly frustrating when you are scrambling to carry everything or even worse when your stack of groceries topples over, I personally know I have gotten so much better at always brining reusable bags. I even started brining reusable produce bags since its such as easy switch to make now that I'm used to always grabbing bags on my way out the door. This change has become such a normal part of life here in Vancouver that now I am surprised to see plastic bags in stores when i travel. However, this change is not enough, there is still so much plastic and waste that removing plastic bags only makes a small dent towards getting rid of plastic.
The only way to solve the issue is to fully ban single use plastic, which might feel like a radical change but just like changing any habit it will quickly become the new norm. Banning all single use plastic will encourage the development and use of new plastic free options such as compostable plastics. This could also help encourage a shift towards refill stores where people can fill up their own containers and bags with groceries and household goods, similar to the bulk section of the grocery store but where any container can be used. We have the capacity to ban single use plastics, and without a ban adequate change will not happen.