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Plastic Bag Free Day 2015 Global Round-up

A global overview of the 2015 No Plastic Bag Day

Plastic has penetrated into every corner of our oceans and rivers, and almost no inch of ocean plastic is free. 1 But all over the world, communities and cities have shown that another way is possible. From Manila to Montenegro, people are saying no to plastic pollution and calling for a world without plastic bags.

Plastic has penetrated into every corner of our oceans and rivers, and almost no inch of ocean plastic is free. 1 But all over the world, communities and cities have shown that another way is possible. From Manila to Montenegro, people are saying no to plastic pollution and calling for a world without plastic bags.

On Friday, July 3, groups and organizations from all over the world took action for the 6th International Day without Plastic Bags. This day witnessed creative activities on five continents, unanimously calling for the adoption of reusable and responsible alternatives.

Montenegro saw a "plastic bag monster" wandering the streets of the capital Podgorica, because Zero Waste Montenegro raised awareness of the environmental impact of disposable plastic bags and informed people about alternative zero waste solutions . Hungarian activists from Humusz held a flash mob and trolley competition from the central square to the nearby market, highlighting alternative solutions for plastic bags, such as shopping trolleys. In Sofia, Bulgaria, there is a "No Plastic Bag Party and Photography Marathon" with drama, music and drinks. A German group held a film screening called "Trashed" in Konstanz. In Slovenia, there is also a trading plan where people can exchange 10 disposable plastic bags for a reusable cotton bag. In addition to having fun and raising awareness, European groups have specific policy goals. In Europe, groups include: the European Zero Waste Foundation, the European Friends of the Earth Foundation, the European Surfers Foundation and the European Environment Agency once again call on EU member states to implement new EU directives to reduce the consumption of lightweight plastic handbags and make This policy became a reality. No plastic bag party in Bulgaria

No plastic bag party in Bulgaria

In Manila, the Philippines, some organizations organized a forum to expose the truth behind many kinds of "degradable" plastic bags and their environmental impact. Sonia Mendoza, Chairman of the Philippine Eco-Waste Alliance, said: “Degradable plastic bags will not help solve our environmental problems about waste and pollution, because their use will only further instill and promote the penetration of modern society. The one-off attitude and culture,” and called for the ban on the use of plastic bags in the Philippines.

The members of the Korea Zero Waste Movement Network are committed to raising awareness in front of the Saengtegye Jongno Tower in Seoul and encouraging Koreans to stop using disposable plastic bags and instead use reusable shopping baskets. In Hong Kong and Taiwan, groups encourage people to "say no to plastic bags!" and reduce their use of disposable bags.

In Botswana, Somarelang Tikologo (Botswana Environmental Observation Organization) called on the Botswana government to impose a tax on plastic bags. Because it aims to create a cleaner Botswana,".

Zambia’s "kick out the bag" campaign lobbied Zambia to ban plastic bags or charges as part of a community solution to the problem of plastic bag waste clogging drainage systems, and donated reusable bags to legislators and ministers.

In Canada, volunteers on Vancouver Island provided reusable bags through donations and voluntarily banned the use of plastic bags, encouraging shoppers not to use disposable plastic bags in their daily shopping.

A comedy event was held in Argentina in which the monologue emphasized the "meaninglessness" of plastic bags.

More and more people on all continents choose to bring reusable bags to stores and abandon disposable plastic bags. But we don't have time to wait for everyone in the world to follow this trend. The catastrophic impact of single-use plastic bags on our environment means that we need to adopt bold policies to solve the problem of destructive single-use plastics and begin to move towards a world where single-use plastics are completely eliminated.

Many events and actions that have occurred can be viewed on the world map at http://www.plasticbagfreeday.org/, where you can read stories, view actions, and add any actions you might have missed.

1 Doyle, Christopher, "No part of the ocean is affected by plastic waste." ABC Environment, December 11, 2014.

Biodegradable plastic bags will not help solve our environmental problems related to waste and pollution, because their use will only further inculcate and promote the attitude of throwing away..."

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