Plastic bag apocalypse plan
‘Hazardous’ is how the United Nations has classified the chemical ingredients of more than 50 per cent of plastics.
While plastic shopping bags are generally more benign, it is the toxic chemicals in discarded plastic bags that make them hazardous.
Pesticides and other organic pollutants (POPs) are carried into the bodies of fish and enter the food chain when fish mistake small pieces of plastic for food.
Also, when we consider that a significant number of plastic bags escape landfills due to their light weight, and that more than 90 per cent of all landfills are widely accepted to ‘fail’ after 100 years, landfills hardly seem an ideal solution.
Carrying Our Future is doing its bit to build awareness around this issue. In 2015, we presented a submission to parliament for a levy on single-use plastic bags.
Despite resounding successes in many of the 170 states and 32 countries that currently regulate single-use plastic bags, our submission was rejected. But we haven’t given up.
This month, Carrying Our Future gave shape to a new member’s bill to regulate plastic shopping bags with Green Party MP, Denise Roche.
We are grateful for our amazing volunteers who run free bag-making workshops in the library, to Menzshed, and City Library staff.
Join Carry Our Future every Friday, 10am to 12pm, in the Tech Space at City Library to make re-usable bags for the community so there is no longer a demand for plastic shopping bags in our city. No sewing experience is needed, and it’s a great way to socialise.
If anyone needs help running their own bag-making sessions in schools, churches, or community groups, do get in touch.
We also need a volunteer co-ordinator for our environmental community group. Carrying Our Future is part of Envirofest, and on Thursday from 6.30 - 8pm will be in City Library.
Volunteers making reusable bags at Carrying Our Future’s weekly sewing sessions in City Library.