A Europe-wide ban on plastic bags?
Following Italy’s recent move to ban free single-use plastic bags, are we finally seeing the possibility of a Europe-wide ban? Brussels is now considering pushing for the policy to be adopted by all 27 member states, reports the British press.
Increasingly global wildlife is suffering from the plastic bag menace. We all know about the desperate plight of sea turtles, but did you know that half of UAE’s camel deaths are caused by plastic waste?
Single-Use Plastic Bag Usage On The Rise.
“I can’t believe that single-use plastic bag usage is on the rise again. With so many wonderful alternatives like Bags of Change, why does anyone need to use a plastic carrier bag?”
Once down by 40%, plastic bag usage is on the rise and in 2010 more that 6.8bn were used according to ‘Wrap”, the Government’s Waste and Resources Action Programme. That’s an increase of nearly 5%.
It is no wonder when you look at the behaviour of some of the main retailers. You almost have to beg Tesco’s cashiers not to give you a bag when you pop in for that last minute item. For Tescos one item equals one bag. It doesn’t take much to ask when purchasing whether or not you need a bag. The smaller independent retailers on the high street manage it, so why can’t the bigger retailers?
Here’s how you can help:
- Remember your bag
- Refuse plastic carrier bags
- Remind the retailers of the need for change.
Still using plastic bags? Think again!
More devastating information about plastic has come to light this week. Plastic is decomposing in our oceans and releasing harmful chemicals.
A new study reveals that the hundreds of millions of tonnes of plastic floating in our oceans is actually breaking down – and releasing toxins in the process.
Two of the chemicals – bisphenol A and PS oligomers – disturb the hormone and reproductive systems in animals.
And we are at risk too. Decomposing styrofoam releases styrene monomer, a known carcinogen, and styrene dimer and trimer which are both suspected carcinogens.
‘We found that plastic in the ocean actually decomposes as it is exposed to the rain and sun and other environmental conditions, giving rise to yet another source of global contamination that will continue into the future.” – Dr Katsuhiko Saido
Is this just the tip of the iceberg? What will further research reveal about the islands of plastics we are creating now? Still using plastic bags? Think again!