My mum has started a blog which she’s going to use to campaign against the use of plastic bags in the village where she lives. She says:
It is up to the shoppers in Banchory to make this work. There has been a lot of discussion in the media about how to reduce the use of plastic bags and the litter they make. Some people think the government should be doing more, or that supermarkets should take the initiative. It is easy to forget that plastic bags are only a problem because people insist on using them. Just one cloth bag can replace at least 1000 plastic bags over its lifetime. It would be easy to make a big difference in Banchory.
Talking to her over Christmas my mum told me she’d been inspired by what Rebecca Hosking had achieved in Modbury; you might have seen the article about her in the Observer’s Food Magazine last week, where it’s clear she’s got the bit between her teeth:
Her conversation constantly returns to terrifying plastic-bag statistics: how, for example, the world uses more than 1.2 trillion of them a year, an average of about 300 bags for every adult; how each plastic bag is used on average for only 12 minutes before being discarded; how 80 per cent of marine rubbish comes off the land and nearly 90 per cent of that is plastic; how plastic is lethal in the marine environment, killing at least 100,000 birds, whales, seals and turtles every year and how, even after the animal dies, its body decomposes so that the plastic is released back into the environment where it can kill again; how an estimated one million seabirds choke or get tangled in plastic nets and debris every year. And so the horror goes on.
I’m hoping my mum does just as well with her campaign.