Plastic Bag Reduction Initiative launched

The Supreme Council for Environment (SCE), in cooperation with Lulu Hypermarket, launched an environmental initiative aimed at minimizing the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags *by promoting the use of both reusable and biodegradable bags*. The event marked the World Environment Day which falls on June 5.

SCE Chief Executive, Dr. Mohamed Mubarak bin Daina, emphasized that the initiative is intended to enhance bilateral cooperation between Governmental organizations, private companies, and firms to promote environmental awareness in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

He pointed out that the initiative, being carried out by Lulu Hypermarket, aims to provide consumers a sustainable alternative to harmful bags, which remain non-biodegradable for hundreds of years. His Excellency praised the initiative, which contributes to protecting the environment in general and the marine habitat. He also praised Lulu Hypermarket's continuous efforts in upholding social and environmental responsibility in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Dr. bin Daina called upon people to overcome the utilization of non-biodegradable plastic materials, citing that over one million water bottles worldwide are bought every minute and over 5 trillion plastic bags are used every year.

The theme of this year's World Environment day, "Beat Plastic Pollution", has further risen the need for root solutions to minimize plastic pollution, which is on the rise. Solutions without social partnership and close cooperation on the part of various countries will not be useful as the volume of pollution worldwide calls for teamwork to confront the dangers of plastic pollution., he said.

He said that 50% of the plastic utilized worldwide is single-use only and that one-third of plastic materials in the world lack proper systems of collection after use. At the end of the day nearly 13 million tons of plastic materials find their way to oceans and seas", he pointed out.

The SCE chief warned that "this is a serious threat to marine organisms and to coral reefs, as some of such plastic materials need up to 1,000 years to disintegrate".

He emphasized that the SCE realizes the importance of involving individuals, the community, civil society, and the private sector in combating the plastic pollution problem.

On his part, Lulu Hypermarket Director, Juzer Rupawala, expressed his gratitude for the support rendered by the SCE and for assisting the Kingdom of Bahrain in having a cleaner and greener environment.

He emphasized that "the adoption of reusable bags by consumers will contribute enormously towards a clean surrounding and we urge all our customers to join hands with us for a better world".

He pointed out that on World Environment Day 5th of June, Lulu Hypermarket is going to distribute 6,000 reusable bags free of charge to all Lulu customers to encourage them to use while shopping in order to reduce plastic bags usage. He emphasized their social responsibility towards the community by raising awareness and encouraging them to use environmentally safe bags.

Source: Bahrain News Agency