Japanese authorities decided to curb consumers' love of packaging by introducing a charge for plastic bags yesterday.
Certain businesses, will have to decide how much to charge customers per bag, with the suggested price being three yen (HK$0.21).
Visitors to the country are often surprised by its use of packaging, with many convenience stores individually wrapping bananas in plastic.
Long criticized by environmentalists for half-hearted efforts to cut plastic, Japan produces more plastic packaging waste per capita than any nation apart from the United States, according to the United Nations.
But according to its most recent policy document, Tokyo is vowing "curb excessive use of plastic and think about how to use it wisely."