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Plastic Bag Free NSW


What's the problem?

  • Australians use more than 4,000,000,000 plastic checkout-style bags per year.
  • Australians throw out more than 7,000 plastic bags per minute.
  • Lightweight plastic bags are used for 12 minutes on average.
  • They take up to 1,000 years to break down.
  • In only 4 shopping trips, the average Australian family accumulates 60 plastic bags.
  • Each year in Australia, an estimated 50 million plastic bags do not make it to landfill, instead entering the environment… and they never leave.
  • Plastic bag litter kills tens of thousands of birds, whales, seals and turtles every year.
  • These bags are made from fossil fuels – which are precious and non-renewable.

What can you do?

Winners! Congratulations on your entries and raising awareness of the impacts of plastic and plastic shopping bags on the environment.

1stlucychen-chrisstandard-1stplace.JPG Prize - 'Sacred Ground' - Mortlake Venturers - $100 gift Voucher from Photo Shop Studio  rowena-briffa-2nd.JPG
2nd Prize - Rowena Briffa - $50 gift Voucher from Photo Shop Studio 

Take a reusable bag with you!

Always remember to take your own reusable bag when shopping. For more tips information on the types of plastic bags and their associated issues, see Plastic Bag Free NSW’s great infographic.

Whether you are a shopper or a retailer you can do something! You can take action NOW by visiting any of the organisations calling for action to reduce the environmental impacts of plastic bags.

The governments of South Australia, the Australian Capitol Territory, the Northern Territory and Tasmania have all banned single use singlet-style plastic bags. Tell the NSW government to do the same!

The Clean Up Australia campaign has a video explaining the damage that plastic bags do to the environment. Find out more by watching the video below.

Sign the letter!

Visit Plastic Bag Free NSW and add your name to the list of fellow residents who say no to single use plastic shopping bags in Leichhardt. You can also contact your local MP and let them know that we no longer want plastic bags doing damage to our local environment.

A July 2015 Omnipoll revealed that 63% of Australian and 64% of NSW residents and shoppers support a ban on single use plastic bags from supermarkets and stores in NSW. Once a ban is put into effect, support dramatically increases: 81% of South Australians support the existing ban there now that free single use bags are no longer supplied in stores.

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