Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB) Campaign
This is a National Ecumenical ECO campaign endorsed by JAEI
South Africans use approximately 8 BILLION plastic shopping bags annually. Less than 1 percent are recycled, the rest end up in landfills, blow out of bins or irresponsibly discarded which leads to blocked storm water drains, caught in in trees and littering rivers and beaches.
In the environment, plastic breaks into smaller pieces but never fully disappears. Plastic breaks down into micro plastics not down into organic matter, contaminating land, food and water. Scientists estimate that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish. Rwanda, Kenya and many European Countries have already the banned the Plastic bag.
As Christians and people of faith we believe we are called to care for Creation and so we invite you to join us in the BRING YOUR OWN BAG Campaign, which originated at the A Rocha Creation Care Conference held in Pietermaritzburg in February 2018.
Here is what YOU can do:
BRING YOUR OWN BAG:
Make a pledge to STOP using single-use plastic shopping bags. Sign the pledge at https://www.aquarium.co.za/content/page/rethink-the-bag-make-a-pledge and encourage others to do so too.
MAKE YOUR OWN BAGS:
Encourage sewing groups in your church and community to make material bags and generate income while promoting the eco project. Even use donated material from curtains, material shops. Get creative! Get colourful! Brand the bags with the name of your church!
PUT PRESSURE ON YOUR LOCAL SHOPS:
Mobilise local churches, schools and community members to put pressure on local supermarkets and businesses to stop using single-use plastic bags.
We applaud the many outlets who are taking their responsibility seriously
COMBAT PLASTIC POLLUTION:
Arrange a local community, river or beach clean-up event or join one arranged by others. Participate in World Environment Day, National Clean-Up, International Coastal Clean-Up. Make EVERY day Environment Care Day!
MOBILISE WITH OTHERS TO BAN PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS IN SOUTH AFRICA:
Kenya did it, Rwanda did it. Yes, we can!!! Please sign a petition to the Minister for the Environment at https://www.causes.com/actions/1755124-ban-plastic-shopping-bags-in-south-africa
Like the BYOB Facebook page:
For more information contact Martha Gordon at marthahgordon (at) gmail.com