Tear-off plastic bags to be phased out at Market by July 2015

This is an issue that has become more important over the past few years, as the growing problem of pollution in our environment worsens and the impacts become more obvious.

Governments choose not to address the issue, so one by one we all need to become more aware and then do something about it. All it takes is simply re-thinking HOW we shop and HOW we store our foods once they are home. Our great grandparents never had plastic bags. They shopped and stored food in much the same way that you have to; they just had more effective non-polluting ways of doing it. Our small changes will have big impacts, and the time to start is NOW.

We will offer you every sound and practical solution to make your shopping easier and your storage at home more effective WITHOUT the use of the tear-off produce bags that our Market has offered for so long.

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The problem of plastic bag pollution in our environment on land, and also in the ocean, that has been allowed to continue for so long, has happened largely because we can’t see it. We aren’t confronted daily by the obvious effects. But there are a growing number of documentaries proving that our Planet Earth, our home, is dying from our thoughtless selfish polluting actions. NOW is the time for each of us to change our habits.

Threat to Marine Life
Every year over 6 million tonnes of rubbish is dumped into the world’s oceans, 80% of which is plastic, and a further 10% of this being plastic bags
With an estimated 46,000 pieces for every square mile of ocean, plastic is responsible for killing 1 million sea birds and over 100,000 sea mammals each year. Turtles, whales and sea birds mistake rubbish for food or get entangled in it, resulting in painful injuries, or death.

Landfill Space
Australians dispose of an estimated 4 billion plastic bags annually, or 20,700 tonnes of plastic, that can be recycled
Even plastic bags that are reused as bin bags end up in municipal waste streams and will never be recycled, filling our already limited landfill space.

Greenhouse Gases
When gas, oil and coal are used to produce plastic bags, they emit dangerous greenhouse gases. Large amounts of plastic end up in landfill, also a significant source of greenhouse gases.

DID YOU KNOW?
Australians throw away about 7,150 recyclable plastic bags a minute, with 429.000 recyclable plastic supermarket bags dumped into landfill every hour.The energy consumed in the life cycle of one plastic bag is estimated to be equivalent to 13.8 millilitres of crude oil, or about a teaspoonful. 4 billion plastic bags= 4 billion teaspoons of crude oil, which is a depleting finite resource that already is creating vicious destructive wars, and will create ever worsening world-wide conflicts.

Plastic bags can be returned to your supermarket for recycling but only 3% are currently recycled. (how many have you been re-cycling?)
Australians currently use 4 billion plastic bags annually, which means over 10 million new bags are used every day, or that we each use 200 each year.