Reusable grocery bags are environmentally friendly – but only if you actually use them repeatedly.

The Overstrand Municipality has called on residents to buy reusable bags instead of ordinary shopping bags.

“In this way the public will assist us greatly in our environmental conservation and waste management efforts. It is of particular concern that worldwide an estimated 4 billion plastic bags are reportedly ending up as litter each year. Tied end to end this means that these could circle the earth 63 times,” said the municipality in a statement.

Reusable bags are for sale at the Hermanus and Gansbaai libraries as well as Gansbaai Tourism at R20 each. The bag is compact and rolls up into itself with a built-in little holder bag. In addition, it has a long handle that you can sling over your shoulder and it can carry a heavy load of library books or groceries.

Start making a difference through the small things. Get into the habit of carrying reusable shopping bags with you and always keep reusable bags in the car. Be mindful of where cigarette butts are thrown and keep litter off our beaches and out of the sea by thinking twice before using single-use plastics.

We ought to develop the habit of using our own reusable bags whenever we go shopping and always keep reusable bags in the car. Ndumiso Rwezann of the Hermanus Library encourages library users to purchase a reusable grocery bag from the Hermanus Library at R20 each and to keep it in your car or handbag.

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