Chile has joined a growing number of countries to ban the commercial use of plastic bags.
It became the first country in Latin America to enact the new law on Friday.
“I want to share with you the joy that as of today we’re enacting the law,” said President Sebastian Pinera at a public ceremony in Santiago.
He later handed out cloth bags to passers-by.
It comes after Mumbai became the largest Indian city to ban single-use plastics in June.