The International Plastic Bag Free Day is held on July 3 around the world to spread awareness that a plastic bag free world is possible and that sound environmental alternatives to single use plastic bags are available. 2022 is the 13th edition of the celebrations. The day is an initiative by Bag Free World for the purpose of getting rid of the single-use of plastic bags around the world and promoting environmental conservation by encouraging us all to stay away from the use of plastic bags and instead look for more eco-friendly alternatives.
International Plastic Bag Free Day 2022: Significance
The main goal of the day is to raise awareness of the growing harm that the use of this non-biodegradable substance is causing to the environment. It is concerning to learn that a plastic bag takes 1,000 years to disintegrate in a landfill, despite the fact that collective efforts over the past 10 years have drastically decreased the impact thus far.
International Plastic Bag Free Day: History
The first International Plastic Bag Free Day was observed on July 3, 2008, when Rezero, a member of Zero Waste Europe (ZWE), initiated it. The holiday was only observed in Catalonia in its inaugural year. However, a year later, ZWE introduced the International Plastic Bag Free Day to the European Union.
Their effective campaigns were created over time, but the organisation later succeeded in pressuring a number of countries to begin adopting steps to reduce the use of single-use plastic. The European Union passed the plastic bag guidelines in 2015 with the intention of taking steps to reduce plastic bag consumption to 90 bags per person by 2018. By 2025, the directive hopes to reduce this to 40 plastic bags per person.