Biarritz, 3rd July 2014. On the occasion of the International Plastic Bag Free Day, Surfrider Foundation Europe launches its « Ban the bag » campaign: every European citizen will be able to convince his mayor and his shopkeepers to stop the distribution of single-use plastic bags.
Single-use plastic bags, a plague to fight
Single-use plastic bags have become the symbol of our consumer society. Massively used once for a very limited time period, these bags are found on the coast and in the ocean and have therefore destructive impacts on the environment, in particular on Oceans and Seas.
Surfrider, a long term player in the fight against single-use plastic bags
In this context, Surfrider has been active for years to raise awareness of citizens, politicians and industrials to stop their distribution: organization of waste collections and quantification including of plastic bags in the marine environment, awareness campaign “plastic bags are not automatic” in 2011, European petition of 23,000 signatures in 2013 against their distribution in Europe, lobbying actions for a European directive in 2013 and 2014, active support for an amendment in France to ban single use plastic bags in 2016.
« Ban the bag », a participatory campaign
The Surfrider « Ban the Bag » campaign allows citizens to learn more about the negative impacts of single-use plastic bags and in particular to act to convince shopkeepers and municipalities to ban them. Several tools are available for citizens to support their actions: website, stickers, videos, cyberaction…
Xenia Gili, Mobilization Department Coordinator in Surfrider Foundation Europe: « This campaign is yours! Several tools are available in our website to give you the opportunity to act with your local shops, your elected representative, your local supermarket. With some few clicks, say no to single use plastic bag! ».
It’s your turn! Find out more and act in your city visiting our webpage http://www.surfrider.eu/en/ban-the-plastic-bag.html