Hi! It’s Derek from Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi. This blog is about how I am taking simple action to reduce plastic bag waste to help our planet and how you can too.
A big problem that the world faces is plastic pollution. Plastic is not biodegradable, or can’t be absorbed back into the environment. It simply breaks up into smaller and smaller pieces which often ends up in the oceans where it is consumed by marine life. As a result, consuming plastic can be harmful and often fatal to both marine and land animals. It is also harmful to humans who consume those animals. While some plastics can be recycled, many cannot. Many plastics can be used only once. For example, straws, plastic packaging and plastic bags.
Saying No to Free Plastic Bags and Bringing Your Own Reusable Bags
The best way to reduce the amount of plastic pollution and plastic waste is by not getting the plastic in the first place. In some countries like Japan, shop staff usually use thin, free plastic bags to pack items you buy. Saying no to these and bringing your own sturdy reusable bag/s is a great way to reduce your plastic bag use and waste. That’s what I am now doing here in Amagasaki, Japan.
How I Am Doing It
I try to remember to carry a reusable bag at all times, usually an eco-bag made of cotton. Sometimes it’s a plastic bag that I already have which I can reuse for as long as it lasts. When I forget to bring my own bag to my supermarket or convenience stores in Tsukaguchi, I try not to use one and carry the stuff to my bicycle which is equipped with a handy basket. At Costco in Amagasaki, I use a large reusable Costco bag. This simple action of using reusable bags is leading to a reduction in my plastic bag usage and hence a reduction in my plastic waste.
Another Smith’s School of English Taking Action
I invite you to read how a fellow Smith’s school teacher/owner is cutting down on plastic waste and other waste by clicking here. Happy reading!