I live in the centre of the city and looking out of my window the view – especially in the weekend – is that of eager shoppers. All happy with their latest purchases, they’re passing by with their treasures hidden in plastic bags. I see lots of plastic bags passing: bright and colourful, stylish and chic, plain white or printed with the shop logos – any kind you can imagine, it’s probably passed my window. Do we really need that many plastic bags? I’ve already shared with you my personal solution for avoiding using plastic bags when I go grocery shopping. But that’s not to say I never accept a plastic bag. Would it be possible to completely stop using plastic bags?
Well, according to Italy, it is. As of the beginning of this year, plastic bags are banned by law in Italy. Other materials are allowed, but the once so common plastic bag is history there. At least according to the law. I haven’t been to Italy since 1 January this year – if you have, do let me know if it’s working! Thanks.
In the Netherlands, there’s another initiative to, if not ban, at least cut down on the use of plastic bags. That’s the BagBubble, or “Tassenbol”. The idea is simple: a BagBubble can be found at the check-out in the shop (to date: Dutch supermarkets), where you can dispose of any bags you have and don’t need, or grab one if you need one (and don’t have your shopping bag with you). Perhaps an idea for Italy: to allow re-using the plastic bags already in circulation until they are worn out?