International Plastic Bag Free Day 12th September 2009
Debris floating in the water from Rebecca Hoskin's 'Message in the waves'
Welcome to the first day of National zero waste week and What a celebration!
On the final day of National zero waste week, it’s International Plastic Bag Free Day!
What Timing! What perfection!
The first ever event takes place on 12th September 2009 and was set up by a group of eco pioneers who I found through the Marine Conservation Society. The group have a ‘Plastic bag free‘ forum on Google.
The Plastic Bag Free forum is a group of individuals and communities who are working to make their local areas Plastic Bag Free, so that eventually we can make the UK a plastic bag free country.
But if rallying your community isn’t your thing, don’t worry! Just give up plastic carrier bags yourself and your actions will spread like the ripples in a pond.
If you want to promote International Plastic Bag Free day in your town, you’ll find everything you need such as posters, a press release and a list of plastic bag free towns in the UK.
Modbury in Devon was the first town in the country to say no to carrier bags on May 1st 2007 thanks to the incredible work and insight of Rebecca Hoskins
Rebecca encountered the destruction caused by carrier bag pollution first hand while Message in the Waves for the BBC. The sight of the sea filled with plastic and dying sea animals inspired her to persuade the town traders from her hometown of Modbury to stop using carrier bags and now the town are looking at other ways in which they can reduce their use of plastic.
She has written an excellent pocket book called ‘Ban the plastic bag‘ which tells you everything you need to know about developing a Community Action Plan for making your own town carrier bag free.
I have a copy of this great little book which I’m going to give away. Just leave a comment below and I’ll use a random generator to pick a lucky winner on International Plastic Bag Free day!