Ban the Bag!
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Australian’s use more than 3.92 BILLION plastic bags each year. That’s over 10 million new bags being used everyday.
Plastic bags are responsible for the death of more than 100,000 land and sea mammals each year and countless marine and bird life.
Not only do they KILL but the plastic itself is made from more non-renewable natural resources such as crude oil, gas and coal. 8.7 plastic checkout bags contain enough embodied petroleum to drive a car 1 kilometre. High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) bags – They are the thin bags used by over 80% of retailers, including supermarkets can take up to 1000 years to breakdown. 80% of these bags are imported from South-East Asia who have recently started to make changes themselves with countries like Cambodia, Thailand and Indonesia calling for a ban.
In Australia we have 4 states that have restrictions on plastic bags. In an effort to protect migrating whales, Coles Bay in Tasmania banned plastic bags in all retail outlets as of 2003. It took 10 years for the rest of the state to follow suit with a state-wide ban coming into effect in 2013. South Australia was the first state to ban plastic bags, starting in 2009. Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory followed with their own plastic bag bans in 2011.
The supermarket giant Coles has implements a recycling program that has been growing significantly in close to 500 of their stores nation-wide. Currently they are recycling up 50+ million bags per year. Whilst this is an achievement, it is still only equivalent to 5 days of national plastic bag consumption.
I would like to see the people Australia put more pressure on our Government to BAN the BAG entirely! It’s a disgrace to think we would ruin such beautiful country and its surrounding oceans simply because we haven’t put enough pressure on those who have the power to change a simple policy! It’s time for us, it’s time for our government and it’s time for our retailers to make the change!
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