PLASTIC BAGS: ON THE VERGE OF DISSAPEARING?

By adopting stronger European methods to reduce single use plastic bags, the European Parliament expressed a significant support for environmental associations, thus Surfrider Foundation Europe, despite strong opposition from plastics industry. After an intense lobby led by the association, this vote came to sanction the recognition of the problem of plastic bags and their negative impact on the environment. Despite the satisfaction of seeing an introduction of new ways to fight against their presence in the environment, Surfrider regrets however the rejection of amendments which made the text more efficient. Is it a lack of ambition or a concession between the two parties?

RETURN TO SENDER

“Return to sender” was the operation ran by Surfrider Côte Basque Chapter. Collecting litter from untreated wastewater released into the ocean before sending it out, was a way to bring the issue to the attention of councillors and candidates in the 2014 municipal elections and actually make them face the problem. The objective was to raise awareness among both elected representatives and citizens, but has the message been heard properly ?