ACCORDING to live statistics website theworldcounts.com, five trillion plastic bags are produced every year. That’s 160,000 a second! Put one after another, they would go around the world seven times every hour and cover an area twice the size of France. Following last month’s ban of singles plastic bags by major supermarket chains across Australia, the Rotary Club of Cromwell, NZ, has joined the cause, banning the use of plastic bags at its annual book sale and offering Rotary-branded reusable bags as an alternative. The New Zealand Government is also considering banning the bag, after a 65,000 strong petition was handed over to Parliament earlier this year.
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