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The End of Thin Plastic Bags

It only takes a trip to the nearest shopping centre to notice that most #European shoppers use many more plastic bags than they need to take their newly-acquired items home.

The issue is the type of #shopping bags commonly used - lightweight plastic bags thinner than 0.05mm, less reusable than other options (most of them are used just once) that often end up polluting our seas and rivers. In an attempt to curb this type of pollution, the European #Parliament has reached an agreement in order to limit their use. In the near-future, all European governments will have to implement it using one of the following options:

[if !supportLists]A. [endif]Either reduce annual average consumption to 90 lightweight plastic bags per citizen by 2019, and 40 by 2025;

[if !supportLists]B. [endif]Or ensure that no more light plastic bags are distributed free of charge by 2018.

Although this is considered an important #environmental step, there are critics that support that the defined targets should not be mandatory, and that European governments should be allowed to take their own measures. It is unfortunate that most people aren't aware of the amount of damage this type of plastic bag does to our planet; if they were, they wouldn't object to this agreement…

I have no doubt that the debate about this somewhat unpopular measure will bring up public awareness of the issue and that the majority of shoppers will refrain from using these plastic bags even before any measure takes place. Hopefully, this will also encourage the development of other cost-effective and Eco-friendly options that were until now overlooked due to the cheapness of the thin plastic bags.

Our daily choices and routines do have an effect on our planet. It is up to us to make that affect a positive one and take good care of our planet. After all, our lives depend on it.

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