SAR’s French member Surfrider Foundation Europe is rallying citizens’ support to demand an EU ban on disposable plastic bags.

2013 is the European Year of Citizens and as the citizens of Europe have already shown overwhelming support for a ban on single use plastic bags, Surfrider is now galvanising the people and collecting signatures. So far they have collected 4,000 signed postcards from across Europe, and are aiming for 20,000. These will be presented to the European Commissioner for the Environment, Janez Potocnik, at a high profile event in the summer in Brussels, to be attended by politicians, NGOs and volunteers. The campaign follows on the back of the Commission’s failure to produce legislation tackling single use plastic bags, despite a public consultation in 2011 showing that70% of the 15 500 respondents supported a plastic bag ban.

Every year 800,000 tonnes of plastic bags are used in Europe alone. Reflecting our consumer society, these bags are only used once yet take centuries to degrade in the natural environment. Many end up in the marine environment, causing a significant contribution to the plastic pollution problem of the global oceans.

Plastic bags can cause irreversible damage to marine fauna, through entanglement or being mistaken for food and ingested, and look unsightly once washed up on Europe’s beautiful beaches. Each year, Surfrider organises a global beach cleanup under the Ocean Initiatives campaign; single use plastic bags always form a significant part of what is collected.

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