Ban the Bag
Say no to plastic bags for single use.
As a symbol of our disposable consumer society, single use plastic bags are a major plague for the environment and the oceans. They have serious consequences on the ecosystem, on marine animals and on mankind.
In Europe in 2010, 50% of these bags were landfilled and 8 billion ended up in the environment.
If humanity is to blame for this pollution, it is also the key to this problem!
Since 2011, Surfrider is mobilised to fight against single-use plastic bags with its campaign Ban the Bag. The campaign offers every citizen the opportunity to engage and act against the use and distribution of plastic bags
On the occasion of the European Week for Waste Reduction from 18 to 26 November 2017, Surfrider launches the next stage of its campaign around the ‘Plastic Addict’ motto in order to reduce the consumption of single-use plastic bags and to remind EU citizens about the existence of environmentally friendly alternatives.
Single use plastic bags : key facts
In Europe, 87 billion single-use plastic bags are used per year.
Each European uses an average of 175 single-use plastic bags per year
What can you do on a daily basis?
Refuse all single use bags
Many alternatives to plastic bags are emerging, however these solutions remain harmful to the environment and send a misleading message to consumers.
– Biodegradable bags: they meet a standard that ensures their degradation in industrial conditions only. These bags do not degrade in the environment.
– Oxodegradable bags: harmful additives are added to accelerate their fragmentation.
Let’s have more than one bag of tricks
Reuse your bags to limit their impact. Slip your reusable bags into your purse, car, gym bag so that you always have reusable bags with you. By doing this, you will contribute to a circular economy that respects the environment.
Adopt your new reusable bag
Wicker baskets, shopping nets, tote bags, etc., many sustainable alternatives exist and are now available to everyone. Ecological but not only, they can also be your new fashion accessory.
Spread the word!
Surfrider Foundation Europe invites you to spread the word and to involve your shopkeepers and cities via different action levers.
– Engage your shopkeeper by having him/her signed the Surfrider charter for plastic bag free shops
– Have the Surfrider charter for plastic bag free cities and local authorities signed by your municipality.
– Share your daily actions on social networks with #BanTheBag
Let’s get involved at all levels
Good practices against plastic bags are not just for citizens. Shops, cities, also have the opportunity to make the right choices.
Shopkeepers have a pioneering role in distributing single-use bags to their customers. To offer a future free from plastic bags, many of them have decided to take up the challenge. Find out what to do as well as examples of good practices adopted by shopkeepers to drive positive change.
Local authorities are key actors on this issue, since they have the capacity and power to act locally. Learn about good practices and concrete examples of policies to act and reduce the consumption of plastic bags.
Europeans and plastic bags
In 2015, the European Union adopted a directive obliging member States to reduce their consumption of single-use plastic bags. What is the situation in the different EU Member States? Discover more with our report “Still finding excuses”.
Today, many countries and cities have decided to act in order to limit or ban single use plastic bags. Overview of the initiatives going on around the world.
Inside #3 Yann is in charge of the Surfrider Foundation Europe office in Bordeaux. This year, he is behind the first Surfrider’s Escape-Game !
To minimize waste's environmental impact and boost plastic recycling, a young designer from the Netherlands, create Precious Plastic. He offers a range of DIY devices making it possible to recycle plastic oneself.