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Threads of Change: Ban the Bag

Kate JarvisComment

Ban the bag: Refuse ALL plastic:

“By 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans than marine life”. Source: World Economic Forum*. 😰. 

The enormity of the environmental impact caused by plastic bags is finally being recognised by policy-makers, as single-use plastic bags are being banned here in WA from July 1. 🙌 This is a great step forward in our bid to taking responsibility for the environmental damage we are causing and will hopefully contribute to a signifiant reduction in the number of plastic bags being made, used and discarded into landfill, waterways & oceans.

And so, this month I'm getting our family all prepared for the great transition. To be honest, this is something I've been pretty hot on for a couple of years now, I always have my basket, reusable bags or cardboard boxes handy to lug around shopping (food & other) 📦. However sneaky plastic bags still seem to appear in the house…hello shopping delivery? So this is the month to get organised & super strict; Im putting all the reusable shopping bags in my car (and his) and the organic food delivery box & lining gets picked up & re-used, awesome! For the moment, no more online shopping orders & deliveries until I investigate how supermarkets will be making deliveries without plastic bags.

Another part of this story that has been weighing on my mind... where Im not quite so “onto it”.…are plastic rubbish bags 🗑…the things we line our rubbish bins with, that go into landfill forever more. For the past 12 months or so our household has been using “biodegradable” food waste bags as our bin liners. Its not great, in fact, these bags do not readily break down in the environment or in domestic composts. In order to meet their ‘biodegradable’ status they have to be processed in commercial composting facilities which most of us have no access to**. And so we’re getting creative…from now on, we will be lining our bin with newspaper; food goes to the garden compost and non-recyclable rubbish will be wrapped in paper and the bin cleaned out on the daily. Small issue in that we don't read newspapers 🤣…not a problem…the weeks newspapers will be collected from the in-laws every week and we will dutifully recycle / repurpose them!💪♻️🗞. If you have any great solutions or ideas for the rubbish bin-liner issue, please reach out. 

So if you’re inspired too…this is a great time to get organised! some WA supermarkets are bringing the plastic bag ban into force earlier than July which is a great start…but there is still a long way to go. Customers will still have the option to purchase thicker plastic bags for a small price, this is concerning as customers may simply become used to paying for heavy duty plastic bags instead of changing long-term behaviour. So grab your re-usable shopping bags and get ahead of the ban.

Thank you to all the change-makers out there, for stepping up and inspiring us all to take action. Keep up to date with how we are going with this months pledge on the daily in our Insta-Stories threads_of_gaia xx 🙏🌏💚

(Source:  * **Dept Water & Environmental Regulation)

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