Accomplished Efforts · What We Can Do to Help

The Uphill Battle Against Plastic Bags: Awesome Efforts!

It’s an amazing feeling to read about all of the countries and people envolved in conserving the home that has given so much to us. Recently I was reading up on countries/cities that have showed effort in either banning or taxing the use of plastic bags, and I was amazed by the large amount of contribution! One of my favourite things to do is to look back or around at what is changing for the better or what has changed, that’s why I love art so much, the feeling of looking back and seeing progress… or people caring about what you care about, it’s one of the utmost rewarding feelings!


Some of the countries/cities have contributed in either working on taxing or already officially taxing plastic bags, while others have gone so far to actually ban the use of them (or in progress of). I’ll list the places that are currently charging the use of plastic bags, then I’ll list the shining stars that have completely excluded the products from their countries.


Countries/cities that are charging (or working on charging) the habit of plastic bags:

  • Denmark
  • Ireland
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • germany
  • united States
  • England
  • Mexico
  • France
  • Belgium

Countries/Cities that have taken the extra step to ban the distribution of plastic bags:

  • Italy
  • Some parts of Australia
  • South Africa
  • Uganda
  • Somalia
  • Rwanda Botswana
  • Kenya
  • Ethiopia
  • China
  • Bangladesh


These accomplished efforts have made a large difference for the better! Some countries made the choice in order to start conserving their future. Scotland applied a national 5p charge on all bags used in-store or online. Within the first year, retailers showed that single-use carrier bag usage had fallen by more than 80% since the charge was introduced on 20 October 2014, incredible! The Republic of Ireland introduced a €0.15 tax in March 2002. Levied on consumers at the point of sale, this led to 90% of consumers using long-life bags within a year, spectacular! Other countries where desperate to come to a solution when they were in danger. Bangladesh introduced a strict ban in 2002 after the occurrence of floods from 1988 to 1998 that submerged two-thirds of the country in water, due to the drastic amount of littered plastic bags. A principal engineer said due to the change in plastic bag usage, Dahka will be a ‘flood free zone’ in ten years. Mexico now fines stores for giving plastic bags to their customers since August 2010. Plastic bags were one of Mexico’s biggest pollution problems.


Whether by environmental choice or a very encouraged decision, these countries have had to put in life changing effort to do what’s best. And pretty soon the rest of us will have to follow, if we too are to do what’s right. Learn what you can do to help by clicking on the “What We Can Do to Help” tab and spread the word!


Cheers to a the power of effort and the difference we can make to rescue this world!



PS- A helpful way to help out is by buying a reusable grocery bag at your local grocery store, use it every time you go to buy groceries/goods 🙂


Credit due to the awesome page for the inspiring facts!

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