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Join the 3rd of July International bag-free day!

Can you imagine a Zero Waste world in which we continue to use single-use plastic bags? It is just not possible, right? There are several reasons why we should phase out single-use plastic bags in Europe.

Europeans overwhelmingly support a ban on single-use plastic bags and the European Commission tried to push such a measure during 2012 but it was stopped by the interests of some member states and a part of the industry. Yet another reason to continue asking for such a ban at national and international level.

On July 3rd takes place the  third international Plastic Bag-Free Day organised by GAIA, Zero Waste Europe and the Fundació Prevenció de Residus i Consum.

In Brussels EEB, GAIA and Seas At Risk have issued a Press Release asking the European Commission to ban single-use plastic bags.

What can you do?

Be creative with the way you want to put forward your demands. If you need some inspiration here you have some hints:

If you are an association/organisation:

* Organise a “Your bag or your life” action and  let us know here. We will be compiling the actions taking place all over the world and collect pictures, stories, etc to share with all and we will coordinate a global press release.
* Spread the 3 July Statement, International Day Free Bags
* Refuse to take disposable bags and promote the use of reusable bags: Everyday but especially on July the 3rd!
* Upload the logo of the campaign to your website/blog. See Section Artwork
* Joint press release of July 3 (soon to be published in the Press section).
* Promote the action in your facebook page.
* Organize a workshop for your associates promoting the cloth bag.
* Organise a workshop with children on the topic. Promote it in schools.

If you are a local/regional/national authority

* Make public statement on 3 July Statement
* Approve an ordinance to ban/reduce the use disposable bags
* Upload the logo of the campaign to your website/blog. See Section Artwork
* Tell media to cover events. Promote the action in your facebook page/blog.
* Take a picture of someone important in the institutions taking the plastic bag out of his/her head and use it as a promotion tool.
* Distribute reusable bags to shops and a flyer proposing alternatives to the use of single-use plastic bags.
* Joint press release of July 3.
* Organise a workshop with children on the topic. Promote it in schools.

If you are an individual

*Give your support to the action by signing up this statement. We will be gathering global support in favour of phasing-out plastic bags.

* Get together with your organisation, friends, family, neighbours, etc and organise a “Take the bag out of your head” action. If you do so please let us know here. We will be compiling the actions taking place all over the world and collect pictures, stories, etc to share with all and we will coordinate a global press release.

You can find graphic resources and ideas for your actions here.

You can join the facebook campaign here.

When?

The actions will take place from 1st till 8th of July, however the bag-free day stays on the 3rd of July. Please let us know beforehand if you are planning to organise an action.

Why?

There are many reasons! Here you have some:

http://www.zerowasteeurope.eu/2012/01/overwhelming-support-in-the-eu-for-plastic-bag-ban/

http://www.zerowasteeurope.eu/phasing-out-single-use-plastic-bags/

http://noplasticbags.blogspot.com/

http://culturechange.org/e-letter-plastics.html

http://www.envirosax.com/plastic_bag_facts

Please join this global action and promote it among your friends. Together we can get rid of single-use plastic bags and get closer to Zero Waste!

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      • Edward Huang 黄铁屿 ,

        With the International Bag-Free Day 2013 coming on July 3rd, it is worth to note that City of Los Angeles, the 2nd largest city in the US, on June 25 has joined many municipalities to ban the single-use plastic bags and becomes the largest city in the US passing such a ordinance. The effective day will be January 1, 2014, for stores with a floor area large than 10,000 square feet, and July 1, 2014, for smaller stores.

        • Magazin für Restkultur ,

          Our contribution to the Plastic Bag-Free Day on magazin-restkultur.de: http://bit.ly/VH2KET

          Kind regards! Miguel

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