*About 2.5 billion plastic shopping bags are used every year. That’s about 2,500 bags used per family per year.
*Plastic bags thrown away as litter, dirty our public places, rivers and canals, and may even clog up drains, and this would lead to stagnant water and mosquito breeding.
*Plastic bags litter despoils nature trails, beaches and even chokes up mangroves and poses a threat to marine lives.
*Plastic bags are made from oil, a finite resource. By using reusable bags during our shopping trips, we will use fewer plastic bags and help to conserve earth’s resources.
What can you do?
*Always take or ask for just enough plastic bags to carry purchases and no more.
Better still, buy reusable (available at major supermarkets at low prices) and use them during shopping trips.
*Remember to bring your reusable bags when you go shopping.
*Say ‘No’ to plastic bags when buying only a few small items.
*When you need to have the plastic bag, save it for the next trip or use them as waste bin liners.
*When using a plastic bag as waste liner, fully fill the bag before throwing it away wherever possible.
*Do not throw away excess plastic bags as a trash/waste item. Reuse or recycle them.
*Encourage your family members, relatives, friends and colleagues to do the same.
Source: Less Plastic Bag Campaign