Rubbishing bag ban is out of touch
After a recent storm I walked along Shoalwater Bay and was shocked at the amount of plastic washed up.
Every metre there was at least three bits of plastic in different stages of being broken up into smaller and smaller pieces. In half an hour I had enough to fill a wheat bag.
Polystyrene from fishing floats was most frequent, followed by nylon rope, sticks from suckers, plastic wrappings, plastic bags and straws. This will be in our oceans forever, ending up as micro-plastics swallowed by fish and us.
For banning shopping bags I congratulate councils like Fremantle who moved first, the WA Government and those businesses who have responded to the community’s wishes. To see the Liberal Democrat MLC attempting to rubbish the ban was disappointing and out of step with what people want.
It’s not difficult to bring your own bag for shopping (or ask for a box) — just takes a little thoughtfulness and respect for our Earth. That’s the least we can all do to start to clean up our world.