This BTN was about single use plastic bags in shops like Coles and Woolworths. Meg has been campaigning to get rid of these plastic bags for five years now, from writing to politics to setting up a petition to get rid of them for good in all of Australia.
The first fact was that plastic bags take 1000 years to decompose or breakdown and most of these plastic bags end up in the ocean. This means that these bags have been floating around in our ocean for years and will still be. Over 5 trillion pieces of plastic end up in our ocean. If that isn’t crazy enough, 80% of those pieces of trash are plastic bags.
Turtles actually think that these plastic bags are jelly fish. Floating in the water, it’s pretty understandable that these creatures would think they are actually edible, but the point is, that they end up trying to eat the plastic and end up choking and dying.
Coles and Woolworths are getting rid of their plastic bags all together, which means that customers will have to bring reusable bags to put their groceries in. This is really good to hear, because first of all, it’s less rubbish to go in the ocean, and second off all it might inspire other stores to ditch the plastic bags too.
An insight is that, if people spread the word of plastic bags, more people will try to make an effort to stop using them and buy resusable ones. Because of this, you need to try your best and tell people you know about it. It may not seem like a lot, just telling some people, but the cool thing is that they might tell other people too who will tell other people.
A question was, what is the rest of the world doing about plastic bags? Another one was, how long do experts think it might take for all plastic bags in Australia to be gone?