The first of many projects from Transition Scilly will be Plastic Bag Free Scilly. Modbury in South Devon was the first town in Britain to stop using plastic bags and the campaign has been a success. Many more towns have now taken it on and shunned the plastic bag in favour of better alternatives. Indeed the UK Government have been making noises about taxing plastic bags with a view to getting rid of them all together later on.
Plastic bags are the ultimate sign of a throw-away society and cause untold environmental issues. Just consider these facts:
- 8% of all world oil is used to manufacture plastics
- Plastic bags account for about 90% of all floating marine debris, amounting to 100 million tonnes globally. This causes massive harm to marine life
- Plastic takes 400 to 1,000 years to degrade, leaving a dreadful legacy for future generations
Look out for more information on this blog and on posters put up in the usual places on the Islands.