For a small nation consisting of about 5.6 million people, our consumption of 820 million supermarket plastic bags annually is staggering. This is especially since this number possibly only represents 30-40% of our total plastic bag consumption, as it does not include the ones given out at places like the wet markets and hawker centres, according to Plastic Lite’s founder, Aarti Giri.
The Singapore Environment Council (SEC) aims to launch a “two is enough” campaign, through which it hopes to motivate consumers to stop at 2 plastic bags each time they visit a supermarket. This is an applaudable effort and surely is something that everyone should try and achieve, given our high plastic bag consumption.
So just maybe, for a start, 2 bags are all we need?