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Re: Local celebs pledge to give up plastic bags

Post by Flutterby » Thu Jul 26, 2018 4:21 pm

I thought the same thing, but it also says 5mm on the picture. -O-

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Re: Local celebs pledge to give up plastic bags

Post by Lisbeth » Thu Jul 26, 2018 4:35 pm

Not possible because 5 mm are 1/2 cm, big and very visible. They have made a mistake :yes:
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Re: Local celebs pledge to give up plastic bags

Post by Richprins » Thu Jul 26, 2018 5:28 pm

I don't think this is the biggest part of the plastic problem? But still scary! :shock:
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Re: Local celebs pledge to give up plastic bags

Post by Lisbeth » Thu Jul 26, 2018 5:36 pm

It actually is because the plastic particles are so small that you cannot see them. The sea is full of them and all the living beings swallow them together with the water.
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Re: Local celebs pledge to give up plastic bags

Post by Flutterby » Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:52 pm

Posted on FB: ^Q^ ^Q^
Wilma Whittaker ‎Kruger Sightings
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Plastic straws are no longer freely available in the park. As one would expect :)
This was at Olifants shop
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Re: Local celebs pledge to give up plastic bags

Post by Lisbeth » Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:24 pm

^Q^ ^Q^

But now they must go further and replace the plastic bags with something biodegradable :yes:

Here some shops are using a material that looks a bit like plastic, but it is much softer, biodegradable and can be used for the collection of organic garbage.
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Re: Local celebs pledge to give up plastic bags

Post by Lisbeth » Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:31 pm

The plastic problem is not only due to the endurance of the material, but also to the rudeness and lack of education of people. If only they would throw it away with the garbage, it would decrease the amount of plastic all over the place. (Although the problem would not be resolved until every place in the world get ovens to burn the garbage and make it into electricity.)
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Re: Local celebs pledge to give up plastic bags

Post by Richprins » Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:16 pm

SANParks don't allow plastic bags in the shops, but obviously grocery products come in them. \O
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Re: Local celebs pledge to give up plastic bags

Post by Lisbeth » Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:17 pm

The worst are the hard transparent containers for veggies, fruit etc. You have to cut them to pieces in order to throw them away, if not the bin is full in a jiffy. I hate them 0=
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Re: Local celebs pledge to give up plastic bags

Post by Lisbeth » Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:40 pm

New Zealand to ban single-use plastic bags

By AFP• 10 August 2018

New Zealand became the latest country Friday to outlaw single-use plastic shopping bags, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern saying they will be phased out over the next year as a "meaningful step" towards reducing pollution.

New Zealand uses “hundreds of millions” of single-use plastic bags each year, many of which end up harming marine life, Ardern said.

“We need to be far smarter in the way we manage waste and this is a good start,” she said.

“We’re phasing-out single-use plastic bags so we can better look after our environment and safeguard New Zealand’s clean, green reputation.”

Ardern said her coalition government, which includes the Green Party, was facing up to environmental challenges and “just like climate change, we’re taking meaningful steps to reduce plastics pollution so we don’t pass this problem to future generations.”

Single-use plastic bags are among the most common items found in coastal litter in New Zealand and the environmental group Greenpeace welcomed the decision to outlaw them.

“This could be a major leap forward in turning the tide on ocean plastic pollution and an important first step in protecting marine life such as sea turtles and whales, from the growing plastic waste epidemic,” Greenpeace Oceans Campaigner Emily Hunter said.

A United Nations report in June said up to five trillion grocery bags are used globally each year, which is nearly 10 million plastic bags per minute.

“If tied together, all these plastic bags could be wrapped around the world seven times every hour” and like most plastic garbage barely any is recycled, said Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment.

The UN said more than 60 countries had introduced bans and levies on single-use plastic items like bags.

But better waste management, financial incentives to change consumers’ buying habits and research into alternative materials were needed to make any real change, it added.
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