This week Hilton Quarry Superspar joined other supermarkets against the plastic bag fight and confirmed it had ditched plastic in favour of other options.
Superspar manager Sunil Mothilal said it had replaced plastic bags with brown bags or material bags or customers could bring their own shopping bags.
“The brown bags are more expensive than plastic but we are looking at the long term and we have tried to keep the cost as low as possible. We have had a lot of positive feedback,” said Mothilal.
The company posted this photo on their social media page which has already had thousands of shares.
So we all know that plastic is bad for the environment however, in case you need a few reminders, here are some statistics on the effects of plastic in the environment:
- An estimated 6 billion plastic bags are consumed in each country every year.
- 10% of the plastic that is produced worldwide each year winds up in the ocean—70% of which sinks to the ocean floor where it will never biodegrade.
- Every square kilometer of the ocean has approximately 46,000 pieces of floating plastic which get mistaken for food by some marine mammals passing by. Other wildlife will unfortunately get tangled up in the loose plastic and drown.
- Plastic bags that are buried in landfills can take up to 1,000 years to decompose and during this time, they undergo photo-degradation, a process by which an item (in this case, plastic) is chemically broken down through the absorption of sunlight, therefore contaminating soil and water.
- The production of plastic bags also use up millions of gallons of oil, contributing further to the already existing greenhouse gas problem.
Not surprisingly, plastic bags are the worst option to choose at the store due to the several environmental implications they have on the environment. Paper bags are also an option, but cannot really be reused.
Material, reusable bags are the best option and one of the great things about reusable bags is that they are manufactured responsibly without using environmentally harmful materials. Each reusable bag can eliminate hundreds and thousands of plastic bags and be used thousands of times.