Today is World Environmental Day!

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Each one of us can play a part in making the planet a better place. There is no alternative plan, let’s all work together to #BeatPlasticPollution

Items like plastic packaging, bags and bottles are thrown away every day, and end up in trash sites as well as in forests, creeks, rivers, seas, and oceans around the world.

While some of these items are recycled, the growth of plastic consumption and its improper disposal currently outpace efforts to recycle and produce post-consumer plastic materials.

World Environment Day is the most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment.

Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.

World Environment Day is the “people’s day” for doing something to take care of the Earth.

The theme invites everyone to consider how they can make changes in their everyday lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural places, our wildlife – and their own health. While plastic has many valuable uses, we have become over-reliant on single-use or disposable plastic – with severe environmental consequences.

Spar Eastern Cape has already declared war on plastic bags to protect the environment. The campaign encourages shoppers to swop plastic bags for paper bags. Shoppers are given a paper bag free of charge for every 10 plastic shopping bags brought to any one of SPAR’s Eastern Cape outlets. The plastic shopping bags can be from any retailer, not only SPAR.

South Africa has raised the price of plastic to encourage recycling and beat pollution. Today, let us take the pledge to ban the use of plastics, as some plastics take centuries to decompose!

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