F*** the environment, I want my plastic bags!

Posted on July 25, 2008


So say the majority or Geant shoppers when they heard that they would have to pay 20 fils per plastic bags. Yes, Bahrain is well on its way to putting itself on the map as the worlds most enviromentally unfriendly people. Even the citizens of Dubai have reluctantly embraced the move towards ridding the world of plastic bag scum. So whats up Bahrain? Nobody likes to fork out more money when things are tight enough as they are these days but you don’t have to dig deeper into your pockets if you

A: Buy a ten or so ‘jute’ bags which you keep in the back of your car ready for every shopping trip. When you’re not using them for shopping they can be used for other things too. And they very strong..

B: If you don’t want a jute bag then why not use the same bags you used for shopping last time. When you (or your house-gimp) unpacked the shopping, where did those bags go?

I would love to see one of the complainers wake up one morning to a house full of plastic bags.

So why are plastic bags so bad?

The bags can take between 400-1,000 years to break down, and like all forms of plastic they do not biodegrade. Instead they photodegrade, breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic bits that contaminate soil, waterways and oceans, entering the food chain when ingested by animals.

Many plastic bags end up as waste on our beaches, streets and parks. When a plastic bag enters the ocean it becomes a harmful piece of litter. Many marine animals mistake plastic bags for food and swallow them, with painful and often fatal consequences. Nearly 90% of floating marine litter is plastic.

It’s time that the government of Bahrain did something about this. If the supermarkets are too scared of implementing change then its up to the government to legislate against free plastic bags so the retailers have no choice but to toe the line.