Build better bag habits
Comedian Sam Simmons is on a mission to help Victorians remember to take their reusable bags. Building better bag habits is as easy as the jingle says.
In the past, Australians have used up to 10 million plastic bags every day – an astonishing 4 billion every year. Of these, approximately 150 million end up in our oceans and waterways, contributing to an estimated 8 million tonnes of plastic dumped into the ocean every year.
Although plastic is lightweight and low cost, it doesn’t go away; it breaks into many pieces, ends up in landfill or as litter and can cause long term harm to the environment and wildlife.
National Geographic Magazine reported in June 2018 that of all plastic ever produced, over 90 per cent has never been recycled. Even bags that are biodegradable only break down in certain composting conditions, so it's best to avoid single-use plastic bags.
Plastic can be really great material to use in some cases, but when it comes to carrying our shopping – there are better alternatives.
Look for canvas, string or fabric bags to make sure they will really last and reduce plastic waste/ plastic pollution.
Make a reusable bag an essential in your day – just like your wallet, keys and phone!
New research carried out by Sustainability Victoria has found that:
With better bag habits, remembering your reusable bags will become second nature. Before you leave home, remember ‘Bag, wallet, keys and phone.'
The Victorian Government received over 8000 submissions in three months of public consultation on plastic pollution in 2017–18. These responses are informing the design of a ban on plastic shopping bags and determining other ways to reduce other plastic pollution.
Based on this information, a ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags will come into place by the end of 2019, with a supporting plastic pollution plan to prioritise our actions to reduce other types of plastic pollution.
Plastic shopping bags less than 35 microns thick will be banned, including degradable, biodegradable and compostable plastic shopping bags.