Today, more than 80 countries have already joined the initiative to ban the use of plastic bags. Companies are the main consumers of these highly polluting products….

At first glance, plastic bags may seem like a simple, harmless item in everyday life. But the truth is that, since their appearance in the 1960s, they have become the main environmental problem. Today, it is an issue that fully affects the business sector.

The use of plastic bags is being limited, there is even an attempt to ban them permanently. In recent years, countries have multiplied their efforts to achieve such measures. Today, more than 80 countries have already joined this initiative.

Despite this movement, it has not been possible to determine if this proposal truly has a positive impact on the control of pollution of marine waters. This is because each country has its own laws, which makes the definition of “bag” and its guidelines vary.

What is the objective of regulating the use of plastic bags?

The European Union, for example, has a goal, for 2019, that only 90 bags per person per year are spent , which represents a total of 46,000 million bags in the continent’s population. This means that it would have been reduced a little less than half when compared to 2016.

However, such limitations on the use of plastic bags have an impact on companies, stores and other businesses. A little before the summer time, the establishments charged for the plastic bags up to 30 cents. But the main objective is that, by 2020, its use is permanently banned in Europe .

Another point to highlight is that the distribution of plastic bags has been considerably reduced in Spain. But there is a considerable group of consumers who continue to view this measure with suspicion, as they reject that supermarkets charge for each plastic bag, a measure that has also been implemented in clothing stores, bookstores, pharmacies or in butchers, that all the Life have supplied the bags for free.

Companies must raise awareness

On the other side of the coin are the merchants and entrepreneurs who, in many cases, are not clear about how this measure should be applied, whether it is mandatory to charge each bag and what will be the reaction it will generate among their customers.

The important thing is that the owners of the establishments are concerned about making their customers aware of this situation and that they understand that it is not a decision over which they have authority, but that it is a global initiative in favor of caring for the environment and against of the great scourge that plastic is assuming globally.