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Each year, an estimated 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide.
Australian supermarket giant Woolworths, has announced that its stores across Australia will tackle the plastic bag problem in the next 12 months.
By June 30th next year, they say that they will be offering reusable hessian bags for 2 dollars and more durable plastic bags at a cost of 15 cents.
Despite many supermarkets charging a 10c fee for a plastic bag already, this has not influenced much change. Though, banning bags could be a step in the right direction.
Why can’t supermarkets just BAN THE BAG?
If supermarkets viewed Woolworths as a role model and phased out single use plastic bags, we would be preventing BILLIONS of bags entering the ocean and harming marine life each year. Not to mention that by 2050, plastic in the ocean will outweigh fish as predicted by a report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with the world economic forum.
The supermarket giant say that they are currently giving out 3.2 billion bags each year! Imagine how many every supermarket combined is giving out!
With an expected surge in plastic consumption, the consequences related to plastic will multiply negatively.
So, I would like to know what you think?
Is it a step in the right direction? Or do you think that it will not create or cause change by only charging 15 cents a bag? Let me know in the comments below.