Tuesday, July 03, 2012

International Bag-Free Day

July 3rd is International bag-free day!


Can you imagine a Zero Waste world in which we continue to use single-use plastic bags? It is just not possible, right? There are several reasons why we should phase out single-use plastic bags in Europe.


Europeans overwhelmingly support a ban on single-use plastic bags and the European Commission tried to push such a measure during 2012 but it was stopped by the interests of some member states and a part of the industry. Yet another reason to continue asking for such a ban at national and international level.

July 3rd is the third international Plastic Bag-Free Day organised by GAIA, Zero Waste Europe and the FundaciĆ³ PrevenciĆ³ de Residus i Consum.

In Brussels EEB, GAIA and Seas At Risk have issued a Press Release asking the European Commission to ban single-use plastic bags.

What can you do?

* Get together with your organisation, friends, family, neighbours, etc and organise a “Take the bag out of your head” action and let Zero Waste Europe know. They will be compiling the actions taking place all over the world and collect pictures, stories, etc to share and coordinate a global press release.

* Spread the word!

* Refuse to take disposable bags and promote the use of reusable bags

* Upload the logo of the campaign to your website/blog. Click HERE

* Promote the action in your facebook page.

*Give your support to the action by signing up to this statement. We will be gathering global support in favour of phasing-out plastic bags.

You can find graphic resources and ideas for your actions here.

You can join the facebook campaign here.

When?

The actions will take place from 1st till 8th of July, however the bag-free day stays on the 3rd of July.


More information:

http://www.zerowasteeurope.eu/2012/01/overwhelming-support-in-the-eu-for-plastic-bag-ban/

http://www.zerowasteeurope.eu/phasing-out-single-use-plastic-bags/

http://noplasticbags.blogspot.com/

http://culturechange.org/e-letter-plastics.html

http://www.envirosax.com/plastic_bag_facts

Please join this global action and promote it among your friends. Together we can get rid of single-use plastic bags and get closer to Zero Waste!



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