Though the environment is the closest thing to our lives, we fail to notice how much damage we have contributed to its destruction. The fact is approximately 2 million plastic bags are used every minute around the world, and 50 percent of them were only used once before thrown away. The bad news is most plastic trash ends up in the ocean, making up about 90 percent of all the floating waste, and we have to wait for literally 1,000 years for plastic to eventually degrade. This explains how millions of seabirds and hundreds of marine mammals are killed annually with plastic items inside or around their bodies.
China ranks first on plastic bags consumption with up to 3 billion used daily, and guess which country comes second? Our beloved Indonesia.
Thankfully, the government is aware of this problem and has introduced the #pay4plastic program since last February across Indonesia. The policy requires consumers to pay for Rp 200 (US$0.01) for every plastic bag used in modern shops with a hope that it will discourage people from continuing to use plastic.
However, further individual commitment is essential to reduce plastic bag consumption and Plastic Bag Diet Campaign has provided us some ways to start:
- Appreciate the shops that promote the movement
- Using reusable bags
- Spread the vibe
- Petition and donation
*Photo by Elfon