Recycling is not a Sustainable Solution
Additionally a common rebuttal to the use of plastic bottles and bags is that they get recycled. Recycling is great and to be applauded but most products don’t get recycled anyway, and when they do the amount of energy used is far greater than never having used the product in the first place. The old adage of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, is listed in that order for a reason! Reducing consumption is far better than reusing or recycling a product.
I must admit to being very passionate about the issue of waste seeing as though this is one of those things that everyone can have a real impact on but it seems that apathy is often much more persuasive than action. This means that until a governing body creates a law against something, most people won’t & don’t change the way they operate.
Eliminating the use of disposable plastic bags is about more than just the environment, it is about health, sustainability, economics and ultimately, the quality of our life.
Getting to a more local orientation here on Koh Tao, where I live we have taken to trying to make people feel guilty about the waste they produce with posters that highlight the impact these seemingly insignificant everyday activities have on our small island and the world as a whole.