Banish the bag

marine debris, plastics, emissions
Worldwide
Boomerang Bags
Supported by Boomerang Bags
Banish the bag
Citizens Goal: 2,500
1,688Joined

90 days to go

Ends Wed 1 Jan 2020, 12:00 am GBRT
(Great Barrier Reef Time)

  • United we are saving

    471.8k plastic bags

    from oceans and landfill
    Considering an average of 3 × plastic bags saved per Citizen per week
  • We can reallocate

    13.87t

    CO2
    The average amount of CO2 used to create and transport 471.8k plastic bags
  • We can redistribute

    90.1MWh

    Energy
    The average amount of raw energy used to create and transport 471.8k plastic bags
Boomerang Bags
Boomerang Bags
A grassroots, community driven movement tackling plastic pollution at its source
Australia

Challenge checklist

  1. Commit to bringing your own reusable bags – leave some by your door, in your car, or anywhere they'll come in handy!
  2. Say no to unnecessary bagging – your bananas come naturally pre-packaged
  3. Ask your local cafe or corner store to switch to paper bags – the cool kids are already doing it
  4. Get your friends, relatives, school or workplace to join in – when we work together everything is possible
  5. #banishthebag – sharing is caring

It's time to ditch plastic bags for good.
#banishthebag

The issue

Of all the plastic entering our marine environment, plastic bags are arguably the worst. Their use is so ingrained in today’s society that most are used for mere seconds before being thrown away. Millions of seabirds and mammals are killed every year by plastic bag entanglement or ingestion (in the ocean those sneaky bags look like yummy jellyfish). Not only do they kill marine life, their production releases billions of kgs of CO2 into the atmosphere every year. This fuels climate change which directly threatens the Reef - so let’s ditch them for good.

The big picture

Each year, people around the world use around 1 TRILLION plastic bags. Their production requires enough energy to power Greater New York City for about 3 months and contributes to over 30 billion kgs of CO2 entering our atmosphere every year.

The plastic triple threat to the Reef

  • Marine pollution: marine life is killed by entanglement or ingesting plastic pieces
  • Climate change: its energy intensive production generates climate-warming emissions
  • Disease: coral-destroying diseases embedded in plastic are carried across the ocean

Our impact

By joining our action, you’re personally saving hundreds (even thousands) of plastic bags from entering the environment - now imagine the collective impact of thousands of Citizens uniting to BYOB! The good news is that governments and businesses around the world are taking note, with many already committing to a plastic bag-free future. Let’s send a clear message to decision makers - plastic bags have no place in today’s society.

Spread the word

We would love to see what you’re doing, so don’t forget to #citizensGBR and #uniteforthereef alongside the snaps of your cool new canvas carry-all! Posting about your efforts isn't bragging – you’re helping to grow our community and champion positive impact for the Reef.

With more support we can have a bigger impact

1,688citizens
250citizens
500citizens
2,500citizens
5,000citizens
  • United we are saving

    471.8k plastic bags

    from oceans and landfill
    Considering an average of 3 × plastic bags saved per Citizen per week
  • We can reallocate

    13.87t

    CO2
    The average amount of CO2 used to create and transport 471.8k plastic bags
  • We can redistribute

    90.1MWh

    Energy
    The average amount of raw energy used to create and transport 471.8k plastic bags
Share this action to make a bigger impact

Discover all the actions you could take part in

Join other Citizens and take part.