Going Plastic-Free Worldwide
There’s a lot going on around the world in terms of reusable shopping bags and switching from single-use plastic to more sustainable options.
A number of communities around the world are going plastic-free saying ‘no’ to single-use plastic which is so detrimental to the environment, and are saying ‘yes’ to a more sustainable lifestyle.
An school in Kerala, India, has launched a ‘Plastic-free Kerala’ campaign, which targets children to help ease the area’s waste problem through reducing and recycling their own plastic usage.
Here, locals from Westside in Oregon are currently petitioning city leaders for a ban on single-use plastic bags from supermarkets and other stores.
Some areas of Australia have already banned single-use plastic bags. The whole state of South Australia, for instance, has a ban on “lightweight, checkout-style plastic bags” and any retailers found to be breaking these restrictions can be fined. Other states are coming closer to similar bans.
It’s up to you
If you live somewhere where single-use plastic bags are still readily available and used, then it’s up to you to decide if you want to live a more sustainable lifestyle and switch to reusable shopping bags.
For those who want to take the next step, there are also a number of other kinds of reusable products such as produce bags and sandwich wrap which can be used time and time again – reducing the amount of single-use plastic products Australia is consuming.
You can encourage the rest of your family, and even your friends to make a similar switch – and remind them on the financial benefits, too! If you are particularly passionate about reducing or eliminating plastic, like those in Oregon, you too can petition your local authorities to do something about this issue.