|by Trashy Bags|
All these ideas are very cute and a good start, but in my opinion no way near to a large scale solution. I don't believe that you can put up a large scale business in selling bags to tourists or ex-volunteers.
While doing a little online research for this blog entry, I just learn about Blowplast Recycling operative in Accra. They offer ¢1,000.00 cedis for every 1 kilo of waste (used pure water sachets, black polythene bags and other waste plastice). Now that's more like it!
This looks very promising, although I don't think they are talking about the new currency (making it USD 700.00), the old currency (USD 0.07) per kilogram of plastic waste seems more realistic.
- Global Mamas
- Trashy bags, also at African Art Stands
- Blowplast Recycling (Accra)
- Total ban on plastic in Rwanda (BBC 2006, TerraDaily 2011)
- Update: Accidental Recycling (Malawi)
- The world's rubbish dump: a tip that stretches from Hawaii to Japan (The Independent)
- Capt. Charles Moore on the seas of plastic (TED talk February 2009)
- Midway (film by Chris Jordan)
- Oceans of garbage
- Compostable vs. recyclable: Which is better? (Packaging Digest)
- Plastic Planet by Rhea Moonen: 1, 2 (in Dutch)
- Toronto bans plastic bags from 2013 (The Globe and Mail, June 6 2012)