Monday, 3 July 2017

International Plastic Bag Free Day

Today is International Plastic Bag Free Day and is an annual observance held on the 3rd of July. It’s a global initiative, placing an important spotlight on either eliminating or rapidly reducing one’s dependency on single-use plastic bags. Furthermore, it is about making society aware of the over-consumption of plastic bags as well as disposable products, working towards developing more responsible and more environmentally friendly habits. It promotes environmental conservation as it encourages people to reject plastic bags.

All over the worlds group hold events to place a spotlight on the threats plastic bags pose for marine and land ecosystems, and prohibit the production and distribution of single-use plastic bags, to decrease the use of plastic bags and what the alternatives to single-use plastic bags are.

Single-use plastic bags are usually used only one time and has become a symbol of a consumer society. Not only that but these bags are usually found on the coast and in the ocean, which means that it has dire consequences on the marine environment. It’s also responsible, coupled with other litter items, for the deaths of about 100,000 marine mammals every year.

Thankfully over the last couple of years, there has been a considerable growth in raising awareness internationally. As part of this, many countries have already banned plastic bags. On this day retailers are encouraged to not supply plastic shopping bags and consumers are encouraged to not use plastic shopping bags. Instead, reusable bags are promoted.

Did you know?
·         On average a plastic bag is used for only 25 minutes
·         It takes between 100 and 500 years for a plastic bag to disintegrate
·         One million plastic bags are used around the world every minute
·         80% of marine litter is plastic.

Plastic Free July

It’s about refusing single-use plastic during July. This is a very important initiative as it raises awareness of the problems with single-use disposable plastic and the issues surrounding plastic, challenges people to do something about it by providing solutions and alternatives. It’s also about encouraging new environmentally friendly habits.