INTERNATIONAL PLASTIC BAG FREE DAY


International Plastic Bag Free Day, celebrated on July 3, is a global initiative that aims to eliminate the use of plastic bags. Plastic bags may seem like a grocery shopping convenience, but they are also a huge strain on the environment. It can take up to 500 years for plastic bags to disintegrate, so they make up a large portion of what stays in our landfills and pollutes our waterways.


Plastic bags are not biodegradable. They fly off trash piles, garbage trucks, and landfills, and then clog stormwater infrastructure, float down waterways, and spoil the landscape. If all goes well, they end up in proper landfills where they could take hundreds of years to break down into ever smaller particles that will continue to pollute the soil and water.


ANIMALS THINK THEY'RE FOOD

Plastic bags also pose a danger to birds and marine mammals that often mistake them for food. Floating plastic bags regularly fool sea turtles into thinking they are one of their favorite prey: jellyfish.


Sea turtles are shown to have a 50% chance of death after swallowing or choking on discarded plastic bags. This mistaken identity issue is a problem even for camels in the Middle East.


WHY PLASTIC BAGS SHOULD BE BANNED IMMEDIATELY?

  • Plastic bags pollute not only our water but also our land.

  • The plastic bags are made from non-renewable sources and on this account, highly contribute to climate change.

  • A lot of energy is used in producing these bags.

  • Plastic bags do not degrade.

  • Plastic bags are toxic.

  • Plastic bags are harmful to wildlife and marine life.

  • Plastic bags are harmful to human health.

  • Plastic bags are expensive and hard to clean or remove from the environment.


SWITCH TO REUSABLE SHOPPING BAGS

Switch to reusable shopping bags. Reusable shopping bags made from renewable materials conserve resources by replacing paper and plastic bags. Reusable bags are convenient and come in a variety of sizes, styles, and materials. When not in use, some reusable bags can be rolled or folded small enough to fit easily into a pocket. Make sure you wash them regularly.


Sources: treehugger.com, conserve-energy-future.com


LET'S FIGHT TO SAVE THE OCEANS

VAKOVAKO will soon fight to save the current shape and biodiversity of the oceans. 100 % of all donations given via our app to „OCEANS“ area will by transfered to related NGOs. Let’s help them expand their activities together.