Get over plas­tic bag ban

The Observer - - YOUR SAY - TESSA MAPSTONE

IT’S TIME TO FOR­GET ABOUT SIN­GLE-USE PLAS­TIC BAGS

ARE you sick of talk­ing about the sin­gle-use plas­tic bag ban yet? I don’t want to hear or see an­other word, whinge or meme about it. We have more im­por­tant things to think about. The ban is here; it’s time to move on. It’s a pos­i­tive step, it’s not hard to live with, and re­mem­ber­ing to take re­us­able bags to the shop will soon be­come habit. We’ve put so much en­ergy into de­bat­ing this one thing that is just a tiny part of a huge en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lem. Plas­tic bags are one part of the plas­tic prob­lem. Plas­tic straws are one part of the plas­tic prob­lem. Plas­tic is the prob­lem, and plas­tic has be­come an in­sid­i­ous part of our daily lives. It's time to for­get about sin­gle-use plas­tic bags and start think­ing about other ways we can cut down on the amount of plas­tic (and any dis­pos­able prod­ucts) we buy, use and ac­cept. Ban­ning sin­gle-use plas­tic bags and straws is great, but there's so much more each of us can do, and we can do it of our own ini­tia­tive, in­stead of wait­ing for some­one to tell us we can't have some­thing. If you want some ideas about what you can do now, go to plas­ticfree­july.org.

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