Plastic bags are one
of the most recognisable symbols of our modern throwaway culture one million
bags are handed out every minute.
Still many shopper
are still failing “to embracethe environmental message” despite measures by
supermarkets and other retailers to encourage us to use fewer plastic bags. The
hard truth is that they want your business so will continue to hand out plastic
One solution now
being given serious consideration is the introduction of a levy on plastic
This would however be
a very bold move. In 2002 Ireland introduced a 15 euro cent tax on each plastic
bag – the so-called “Plastax” – and within a few months a 90% reduction in the
number of bags being used had been recorded. In total the tax is thought to
have led to a billion fewer bags being used each year in Ireland. The tax
persuaded shoppers to bring their own reusable shopping bags.
The question we need
to ask is do we need a plastax in Australia.
The answer is simple
Reusable bags are available
now. If every Australian family used one less plastic bags each week,
Australians would save 253 million plastic bags each year.
Start today, make a
change and use reusable shopping bags.
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of reusable bags go to ecohandy little reusable bags.