Posted By:The iYFA Team

Post Date:September 27, 2017

All Plastic Bags Banned!

All plastic bags have been banned not just in the UK but throughout the world.

The sickening pictures of rubbish-strewn Henderson Island, a remote and unpopulated Pacific coral island, where millions of tonnes of plastic waste have washed up, sent shockwaves around the world. The sheer volume of plastics escaping into our environment mean that by 2050 there could be more plastic in the seas around the world than fish.

Plastic bags are estimated to take between 500 to 1,000 years to break down and enter the human food chain through fish and other animals. In Nairobi’s slaughterhouses, some cows intended for human consumption had dozens of bags removed from their stomachs.

Thousands of bags drift into the sea, strangling turtles, suffocating seabirds and filling the stomachs of dolphins and whales with waste until they die.

Experts estimate that plastic is eaten by 31 species of marine mammals and more than 100 species of sea birds.

What’s more, ”Biodegradable” plastic bags used by the major supermarkets do not break down as rapidly as thought and may not be as environmentally-friendly as they sound, according to Government-funded research.

As it happens, sadly, as yet, there is in fact no worldwide ban on plastic bags. But at IYFA we want to see it happen and will be working hard toward that goal – call it our vision.

But what can iYFA, and you, do to help make this vision become a reality?

The simple answer is to stop using any plastic at all but in our modern world, currently, that probably feels all but impossible.

However, there are some simple things you can do to help our environment, such as use soap bars instead of hand wash, buy loose tea instead of tea bags, as some contain small amounts of plastic, and of course a big one is to stop buying bottled water. Now as we are constantly being told to drink more water, for health reasons, you are probably thinking that it’s not possible, but there are many alternatives to plastic bottles and in fact many health reasons to use them.

“many alternatives”

So, what are iYFA doing to help secure our future world for the generations that will follow us?

One major innovation is the iYFA eBag. This exciting new project may not answer every problem, but being 33 times more ecological than a plastic shopping bag it is a great start. iYFA eBags will be available free of charge to you, the consumer. You will find them in most High Streets in the future and are being launched in Chiswick, West London, in December.

For more news on this launch and other environmental news from iYFA please register for updates as they happen.

The iYFA Team

 

 

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