We, the undersigned, urge the South Africa Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, to take note of the many voices in our rainbow nation that have spoken up in support of the total banning of plastic shopping bags in South Africa.The negative effect of plastic bags on environmental and human health is thouroughly scientifically documented.
We believe that a total banning of the plastic shopping bag in all major retail stores, and the encouragement of alternatives, will go a VERY long way to addressing manyof the environmental and social issues we face as a nation. Our environment is our heritage, we must do whatever it takes to uphold that with integrity.
Thank you kindly for taking the time to read our petition. The environment thanks you too.
South Africans use approximately 8 billion single use plastic shopping bags every year! This bag is an "add-on" in our lives, meaning we actually do not need it in order to survive. An insignificant number of these are re-used over and over again and not many are recycled either. The majority of these bags are littered directly into nature which affects both land and ocean animals in many negative ways.
Over a billion seabirds and mammals die annually due to swallowing plastic bags. 96% of plastic shopping bags end up in landfill where they last for hundreds of years. Human health is also gravely affected in the manufacturing and disposal of plastic bags.
Banning the plastic shopping bag will be a powerful way to assist in solving some of the key issues related to litter, as well as drawing a line in the sand to say "we no longer choose to treat our environment with such unconscious disregard and disrespect"
This petition is aimed at gaining support from South Africans who want to live in a cleaner, safer country, which protects it's heritage. That's all of us! With the committed voice of our people behind this Rethink The Bag campaign, the South African Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, will be obliged to listen to the facts and take action.