Hey there! Me again… 5th January 2017! The Blue Economy interns finally made their arrival on ‘dodo land” / Mauritius. As many of you all probably know by now this country has already implemented the law to ban plastic carrier bags. Though this, some plastic bags are still in use but at a lower rate compared to early 2016.
While visiting “lafwar” which is a market which sells various items including clothes, shoes and vegetables I noticed that some venders were still giving out plastic carrier bags though the ban. These plastics are thinner than the previous plastic carrier bags but they are still plastic after all and this doesn’t reduce the impact it has on the environment. While some streets were covered with this poison, others were squeaky clean.
From observation it is quite clear that a quarter of the Mauritian population does not really take the plastic bag as seriously as they should. I personally feel that more awareness should be carried out on the Mauritian island. The penalty should be more severe and more inspection should be done in order to tackle the illegal use of plastic bags in Mauritius.
Instead of the plastic carrier bag (the only plastic product banned in Mauritius) Mauritians use bio-degradable bags and re-usable bags which can be found almost everywhere on the island. They also have the famous “tante vacois” which can be bought at “lafwars”.
I strongly believe lack of awareness is a major issue in Mauritius and in my opinion the people concerned should take upon the responsibility to do so. Thank you for reading!
Written by Nathalia Lawen