Denmark’s 'sustainable island' to scrap plastic bags

All shoppers on the island of Samsø will from next year be asked to use shopping bags made of fabric, rather than plastic

Plastic bags will be removed from all shops on the island, with shoppers instead using organic bags made of cotton. “We are avoiding plastic carrier bags in the entire trade sector,” project leader Gunnar Mikkelsen of Samsø Municipality says. The idea to drop plastic bags came from the island’s residents, with plastic carrier bags responsible for a large proportion of refuse on the 114 km² island. “It is a bag you can take and keep, but if you forget your bag there will be others available. If you forget a lot and have ten lying around at home, you can also hand them in at shops,” Mikkelsen said.

- The Local -

18. 12. 2017