Protect the environment! Sign the petition to curb the high annual usage of plastic bags in Singapore
All over the world, campaigns to reduce or ban the use of plastic bags have been pretty effective – even our neighbours across the Causeway in Johor Bahru have started implementing a no-plastic bag day on Saturdays, and aim to fully ban plastics and polystyrene by 2018. Pretty impressive work, and by far, much more than what we’ve done so far. Although most supermarkets in Singapore have started selling reusable bags for groceries, there’s no regulation to reduce and minimise the use of plastics.
A petition started on change.org by Emily Kellett recently has been the closest thing to a successful campaign. As of publish time, only 130 more signatures are needed before the petition will be sent to the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Masagos Zulkifli Bin Masagos Mohamad.
According to a research paper by the Singapore Environment Council (SEC), our city uses three billion plastic bags a year – to put it in perspective, it surpasses the 5.5 million people we have in Singapore. The high annual usage of plastic bags will lead to even bigger problems like harming marine wildlife, affecting our landfill resources, waste management issues and other environmental concerns. There’s still a lot to be done in the area, so do a good thing to day and sign that petition!