Throughout the month of February, Queensland Conservation is running a Plastic Bag Free Queensland campaign to rid the environment of single-use plastic bags. The campaign aims to create enough noise so that the Queensland Government can ban the plastic bag by 2015.
Made from non-renewable fossil fuels, single-use plastic bags take up to 1000 years to decompose, creating a lot of unnecessary waste. A number of these bags end up in the waterways, injuring and killing marine life.
Currently Australians use nearly SEVEN BILLION plastic bags every year.
How can you help? Take part in Plastic Bag Free February. Swear off single-use plastic bags for a month and see how easy it is to make a change. Invest in a cute re-usable tote bag (that folds up super tiny) that you can carry around with you for your purchases. If you're caught off guard, ask the retailer for an alternative to plastic, such as brown paper bags which can be re-used as gift bags or spend the dollar and buy a green bag at the register.
You can sign the pledge to make Queensland plastic bag free here, and view more details on the Bag Free February Facebook.
P.S you don't have to be in Queensland to get involved! We are all apart of the bigger picture, and every effort counts.