In order to draw the Latvian population's attention to the huge consumption of plastic bags and to encourage it to be reduced, today, July 3, “Latvian Green Point” together with the supermarket network “Rimi” calls for everyone to give up the accumulated plastic bags.
They can today be placed in a specialized sorting container at any of the 17 “Rimi Hyper” stores in Riga.
Kaspars Zakulis, director of “Latvian Green Point”, said that Latvians have a big plastic issue.
On average, one European consumes about 500 bags a year; the average lifespan of the bag is about 25 minutes after we have taken it in hand, until we throw it in the garbage bin.
At the same time, the bag needs about 100 to 500 years to dissolve.
“It is therefore very important to assess whether we really need to take the bag, because there are alternatives, we can use reusable bags, fabric bags,” Zakulis said.