Will the Barbados Government provide a duty waiver for the next round of green shopping bags?
Huge congratulations are in order to the folks at the Future Centre Trust and all the merchants who participated in “No Plastic Bag Day”. The goal was to convince shoppers to purchase re-usable green shopping bags instead of using a new plastic bag every trip to the store.
How well has the project done so far?
20,000 green shopping bags have been sold and the Future Centre Trust is about to place another order. That, my friends, is really something. If those 20,000 bags are used only once a week, it will save over a million plastic bags in a year!
But what if those 20,000 bags are used two or three times a week – every time a purchase is made no matter how small? Think of what could be done!
And that’s with only 20,000 green shopping bags in use. Clearly we must do more… and the Future Centre Trust intends to do just that by ordering another 20,000 green shopping bags.
As we reported in our story Bad News: Barbados Government taxes No Plastic Bag Day into submission, the DLP Thompson Government refused to exempt the first batch of green shopping bags from duty and taxes. As a result the bags were priced way higher than hoped. In short – the cheaper the bags are, the more people will purchase and use them.
We’d like to hear that the Barbados Government has re-thought its boycott of the ‘No Plastic Bag Day’ project.
How about it, Prime Minister Thompson? Will you, Environment Minister Lowe and the rest of your government get on board this very effective environmental project? This is not some plan that might happen or not – it’s real, people are seeing the benefits and buying into the project. It will save millions of plastic bags going into our landfill and it will decrease costs.
Come on, Mr. Prime Minister… please help the good folks at the Future Centre Trust to make this project even more successful.