NSW (finally) Waves Goodbye to Soft Plastic Bags!

by Rebecca Veksler on June 02, 2022
If you’ve been keeping an eye on the news you may have noticed that in Australia, New South Wales has banned soft plastic bags (FINALLY). This is incredible and definitely a step in the right direction however it is important to note that this is ‘lightweight’ plastic bags only… meaning that unfortunately, larger, heavier plastic bags will continue to stick around. 
This comes just in time for Plastic Free July - A global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities.
Most of us have a clear understanding of the impact single use plastics have on the environment but for those who don’t… Here's a look at some statistics to really put it into perspective. 
  • Did you know the average time that a plastic bag is used for is twelve minutes…. and then sits in landfill for 400 years.
  • The average Australian uses 170 plastic bags every year. 150 million of these end up as litter, only 3% of them are currently being recycled and 200,000 bags are dumped in landfill every hour.
  • Over 44% of all seabirds have ingested or become entangled in plastic.
To avoid unnecessary plastic waste ensure you bring your reusable bags to your next grocery shop or visit the markets. At SoL we ARE the SoLution, with our range of sustainable products we put you in mind. We make it as simple as possible to live sustainably and reduce your carbon footprint! 
SoL Hemp Tote
 
Our Shopping Tote Bag is the perfect addition to your weekly shopping routine. Perfect for groceries, markets and all things heavy, with a sturdy, strong Hemp woven bag and a nice soft handle to support your shoulder.
SoL Hemp Pouches 
Our SoL Hemp Pouches are perfect for popping all your fruit and veggies in!  We also created these waterproof pouches as a SoLution for those few remaining drops that drip through your bag. So after you finish your coffee just pop your SoL cup in your bag and avoid any spills. 
#soltip - Use your pouch as a makeup bag, travel bag or store your phone and keys while you're at the beach!
Hopefully this is only the beginning of the state's journey towards eliminating single use plastic products entirely! Let’s do our part and take these simple, small steps towards a sustainable future. 
 
For more information and resources head to https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/ 
 
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