Plastic Bags Are Not Free!

In Turkey plastic bags were free before this year however starting from January 1, 2019 they are sold for 0,25₺ (Turkish Liras). Everyone started to talk about this banning. Some people thought this is a good idea for our environment and some people said 0,25₺ is so high for a plastic bag which has logo of the seller on itself.

In Turkey minimum wage will be 2.020,00₺ (I used "will be" because no one gained this money yet. They will get this money starting from February.) So one man who gains minimum wage can buy 8080 pcs plastic bags. What about this in your country? Are you also paying for plastic bags in shopping centers, supermarkets, pharmacies etc?

We bought some biodegradable bags to put our goods and not to pay money for plastic bags. We are taking them with us when we are going to the supermarket.

Some people started to protest this banning and they returned the plastic bags after they used them and took their money back. There was one man who protested this with a donkey.


Some people also started to take their goods with a barrow to protest against the government.


I think these protests will finish within several months because people will get used to this banning. I am supporting this banning however I don't think that this banning will be useful for environment. You need to ban the usage of plastic bags crisply! You don't try to sell them with money to decrease the usage!

Are you also paying money for plastic bags in your country? How much money are you paying? Please share your comments with us!

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  1. Interessante as formas de protesto por causa do preço dos sacos plásticos.
    Tu vai de uma questão de hábito. Aqui em Portugal já foi imposto um preço em 2017. Pelo bem do clima, acho bem pois o ser humano habituou-se a destruir o planeta de todas as formas...
    Abraço

    Olhar D'Ouro - bLoG
    Olhar D'Ouro - fAcEbOOk
    Olhar D'Ouro – yOutUbE * Visitem & subcrevam

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    1. Obrigado pelo comentário. Você conhece o preço das sacolas plásticas no seu país?

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  2. Here in the UK we have to pay for plastic bags, but I always take my own long life bags with me whenever I shop. Not just for food, anything. I think it's a very good idea, and it's cut down the amount of waste in the UK by a great deal. Soon supermarkets will no longer supply plastic bags at all.

    Thank you for visiting my blog.

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    1. I also think that it is a good idea and I don't know if the supermarkets here will no longer supply plastic bags in future or not.

      Thanks for your comment.

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  3. Here, in some states, plastic bags are banned too but we can still pay for it if we want to use it at supermarkets during check out. Each plastic bag is MYR 0.20 which is around 0.26 Turkish Lira. I won't pay for it so I bring my own recycle bags during shopping.

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    1. Thanks for the info Mun. Do you know also the minimum wage of your country?

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    2. "Minimum Wages in Malaysia increased to 1100 MYR/Month in 2019 from 1000 MYR/Month in 2018. Minimum Wages in Malaysia averaged 971.43 MYR/Month from 2013 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 1100 MYR/Month in 2019 and a record low of 900 MYR/Month in 2014." source: https://tradingeconomics.com/malaysia/minimum-wages

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    3. Thanks for the detailed information. It is quite low from Turkey's minimum wages.

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  4. I actually quite like the idea of paying for plastic bags in order to motivate shoppers to use their own reusable bags. Even though plastic bags aren't banned in my state, I try to remember to bring a tote bag whenever I go grocery shopping. The only time using my own tote bag becomes a nuisance is when I'm doing a BIG grocery haul, but that doesn't happen often. Tote bags last for a long time, so I think it's a worthwhile investment. Plus, you can find them for cheap. Of course, you can find more expensive ones too, but it's possible to find budget-friendly ones! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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    1. Yes you are right Audrey; they are eco-friendly at the same time.

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  5. In Italy they started like this many years ago, now you can't even find plastig bags, just some kind of flimsy biodegradable plastic, which you have to pay anyway.
    They do it to encourage people to bring their own fabric bags, or other kind of bags.
    Still if you forget it, you can buy it at the supermarket.
    I know, it takes a while to get used to it all.

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    1. Yes as you said it will take a while to get used to it.

      Thanks for your comment.

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    2. Do you have a blog Alessandra? I can not view your Blogger profile. :(

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  7. I liked the idea of the donkey owner :)

    Good blog....

    How do you say in English "Hayırlı olsun,kalemine sağlık ?" :)

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    1. Thank you.

      I think we can say "Enjoy your new blog. God bless your keyboard (pencil)"

      :)

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  8. Interesting news. Plastic bags were never free in our country :(

    Ann
    https://roomsofinspiration.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks for the comment Ann. Sorry, where are you from?

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  9. We banned plastic bags and it was embarrassing how many people were outraged over it. We also had people "protesting" by stealing trolleys etc. It's not hard to bring your own bags and it's beneficial to the environment too.

    Sxx
    daringcoco.com

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  10. Some cities here in USA have banned plastic bags and some are charging. They are not charging for them where I live but some stores give you a small amount of money back for bringing your own cloth bag.

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    1. Woow it is very interesting to get some money back. Thanks for your contribution.

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  11. Reusing plastic bags and encouraging the use of material ones is important.
    And I think you linked the wrong page to my link up. I'd email you this message but can't find an email for you. Anyway, feel free to link a post with a photo in it. Maybe it's a Blogger error.

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    1. I don't know Jeanna. I only linked my blog. I am going to make this blog better if I find any time. If you still need to send me an email please feel free to send it via recephilmitufan(thatsign)gmail

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  12. I tried to avoid plastic bags - but they do come in handy. I wish they'd stop making them, though.
    Thanks for dropping by my blog, and it's good to find you here.

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    1. Yes you are right they need to stop producing plastic bags!

      Thanks for comment...

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  13. In the USA we are great users of plastic bags and fill the landfills with them. Most people do not take their own bags to the grocery store. I’m sad to say that we are wasteful. I reuse them to fill small waste cans at home but most are either put in the trash or taken back to the store to be recycled.

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    1. Then they are not free in USA, right?

      Thanks for the comment Peggy.

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  14. I live in this country.

    I admit we're an interesting country.

    It is possible to see more interesting events.

    If you've heard the news about the baklava dessert and the 25-year prison sentence.

    Here it is Turkey.

    Welcome

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    1. I am living here for 31 years. :) I know that news. Poor kid!

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