June 29, 2018
This Sunday (July 1) marks the date when all Coles, Woolworths and IGA stores have pledged to phase out single-use plastic bags if they haven't done so already.
This Sunday (July 1) marks the date when all Coles, Woolworths and IGA stores have pledged to phase out single-use plastic bags if they haven’t done so already.
It’s estimated Australians currently use 20 million plastic checkout bags a day, adding up to an ugly total of 7 - 8 billion bags per year. Just 3% are recycled and around 180 million bags enter the Australian environment every year.
This makes the plastic bag phase out a fantastic win for the Australian environment, but we understand it might take some time to adapt when plastic bags are something we’ve all grown used to.
Here are some tips to help you adjust:
Some Australians are concerned they might use extra plastic in the form of bin liners and pet poop bags where they previously reused shopping bags.
Here are some tips to reduce consumption of these products:
Prior to joining Planet Ark Liam spent his time studying global environmental issues, travelling Southeast Asia on the cheap and working for a sustainable property management company in Bali, Indonesia. Joining the communications team at Planet Ark, he hopes to inspire positive environmental behaviour through effective and positive messaging.