when you go to the grocery store take a cloth or paper bag with you because it is International Plastic Bag Free Day.
International Plastic Bag Free Day is a global initiative that aims to eliminate the use of single-use plastic bags in the world.
Most of us use them every day, the thin plastic bags used by almost every retailer we visit. Whether we’re shopping for groceries you can almost guarantee that you’ll be leaving the store with a plastic bag.
Did you know that approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used on a global scale? Just think about how many of these bags will end up littered all over the planet. This is having an extremely detrimental effect on the environment, wildlife and indeed human health.
The marine ecosystem in particular is suffering immensely as a result of plastic pollution. 31 species of marine mammals are known to have ingested marine plastic whilst over 100 species of sea birds have ingested plastic artefac
Day is dedicated to aware about very real and pressing issues brought about by this most popular of disposable carrying devices. We are reminded that those bags we pick up from the retailers are used for an incredibly short time, and are then disposed of.
This pollution is also extremely dangerous because it is leading to the transportation of invasive species, which can have a catastrophic influence on biodiversity. We are not immune from the impact either. Plastic particles in the ocean attract toxins, which in turn affects us, as the toxins enter the food chain.
International Plastic Bag Free Day was created by Bag Free World. It was created as a worldwide initiative for the purpose of getting rid of the single-use of plastic bags around the world. It is all about promoting environmental conservation by encouraging us all to stay away from the use of plastic bags and instead look for more eco-friendly alternatives.
International Plastic Bag Free Day gives us an opportunity to remind ourselves, and others, that every action we take, and every bag we dispose of, effects the lives of everyone in the world for generations to come.
If we can do it on this one date, then we can do it for the rest of the year, isn't it? The day is also important in terms of increasing awareness of the dangers and the harm that is associated with plastic bags in terms of the impact they have on marine life, animal life, and nature.
Even if just for one day, choose paper over plastic, or even better bring your own bags to the retailers to pick up your goods.