April 21, 2017: Ban the Bag

Tomorrow is Earth Day and, as detailed in our April 7 Newsletter, we’ll be hosting our 3rd Earth Day party at the Greeny Flat (16A Queen St, Mittagong) from 4-7pm. Everyone’s welcome. We’ll be cooking pizzas and we’re asking people to bring something to drink and a bit of finger food to share. Hope to see you here tomorrow!

Petition to Ban Single-use Plastic Bags

I know… I’m getting a bit political again… but this one’s a no-brainer. There are only three states in Australia that don’t have an existing (or pending) ban on single-use, non-biodegradable plastic bags. They are NSW, Victoria and WA. This new petition on Change.org seeks to remedy that by calling on the premiers of all three of these laggard states to catch up.

Imaged sourced from 'The Truth About Plastic Bags'

Imaged sourced from ‘The Truth About Plastic Bags

In case you still need convincing that this is a good idea here are a couple of quotes from the petition web-page:

‘Australians use an estimated four to six billion plastic bags each year. That’s 10 million bags every day. Every minute, we send 7,150 plastic bags to landfill. But 80 million plastic bags never make it to landfill, and instead end up in our litter stream, killing 100,000 birds and marine life every year.’

‘On average, it’s estimated we use a single-use plastic bag (like you’d find at Coles and Woolies) for just 12 minutes. And that same bag could take up to 1,000 years to break down.’

It only takes a couple of minutes to sign the online petition which, in just the first two days, has already been joined by over 91,000 people. So please CLICK HERE to sign up and help spread the word.

 

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