Though we know how the environment is negatively affected by human actions, we hardly act to restore its beauty and purity. However, to ensure that their customers realise their duty towards the environment, a supermarket in the Canadian city of Vancouver introduced plastic bags with embarrassing slogans printed on them.
Some of the slogans used on the plastic bag are ‘Into the Weird Adult Video Emporium’, ‘The Colon Care Co-op’, ‘Wart Ointment Wholesale’ etc.
This East-West Grocery store hence aims at reducing the usage of plastic bags through this brilliant trick. Some of the slogans used on the plastic bags are ‘Into the Weird Adult Video Emporium’, ‘The Colon Care Co-op’, ‘Wart Ointment Wholesale’ etc. Undoubtedly, these slogans are embarrassing enough and no one would like to carry them. So now, their customers are carrying a reusable bag with them, or they might have to carry these slogans around.
According to Global News, David Lee Kwen, owner of East West Market on Main Street and King Edward Avenue, says many customers forget to bring those reusable bags, and he hopes this strategy sends a message that will stick.
Since 1950s, we have around 9.2 billion tons of plastic stuff to deal with. Shockingly, more than 6.9 billion tons have now become waste since then and is deteriorating the quality of our environment and choking it too.
Even if you decide to carry the mortifying slogans anyways, you still have to spend five cents extra for the bag. This strategy, however, is used by other supermarkets too. Though some customers bought the bags to show their friends, but this is only in the initial phase. Rest, the campaign is working. “It’s certainly generated interest in what we’re trying to put out,” he said. “Once you start a conversation, it will skyrocket from there, I think.” These bags cost the market an extra amount as they’re printed. So Kwen says that these bags won’t last for long. However, he’ll not hesitate in bringing them back if people convince him to do so.
9.2 Billion Tons Of Plastic Stuff To Deal With
Plastic production started around the 1950s, according to the National Geographic. Since then, we have around 9.2 billion tons of plastic stuff to deal with. Shockingly, more than 6.9 billion tons have now become waste since then and is deteriorating the quality of our environment and choking it too. Though we have a rough estimate of the plastic being disposed of in the oceans, no one really knows how much plastic enters oceans. Most of the plastic waste found on the coastal regions and in the oceans is not thrown off from the ships but people chuck it near the coastal regions or in the rivers. Moreover, it is also unclear as to how many years will this plastic take to biodegrade into its constituent molecules. You might be shocked to know that it might take from 450 years to never.
Not Only Land, Marine Animals Too Affected By Plastic Waste
Nearly 700 species, including endangered ones, are known to have been affected by the plastic waste we keep on disposing of into the rivers. “This isn’t a problem where we don’t know what the solution is,” says Ted Siegler, a Vermont resource economist who has spent more than 25 years working with developing nations on garbage. “We know how to pick up garbage. Anyone can do it. We know how to dispose it off. We know how to recycle.” It’s a matter of building the necessary institutions and systems, he says—ideally before the ocean turns, irretrievably and for centuries to come, into a thin soup of plastic.