Director of Public Relations and Media Department at the Environment Public Authority, Sheikha Al-Ibrahim was quoted as saying the authority has urged the Union of Cooperative Societies to replace single-use plastic bags with environmentally friendly bags.

Al-Jarida has learned there is coordination between the Union and the EPA to stop the use of plastic bags and replace them with environmentally friendly bags as soon as possible because of the harmful effects caused by the current plastic bags, which contain toxic substances.

Al-Ibrahim said the Union of Cooperative Societies was provided with one million environmentally friendly bags to be distributed to cooperative societies in all governorates, with the aim of mitigating plastic damage to the environment.

She added this initiative came with the support of the Environmental Protection Fund as part of the efforts made towards establishing a better environment, pointing out that it is a qualitative step, stressing the EPA has manufactured environmentally friendly bags and distributed them to cooperatives as an alternative to single-use bags that represent a great burden on the environment.

She explained the authority had launched this campaign last October and is continuing with it until covering all cooperative societies will be provided with such bags with the aim of reducing the use of plastic bags.

She stated that this bag was selected and analyzed in the laboratory center of the authority, and it was proven that it is 100% environmentally friendly, as it is made of calcium carbonate, and it carries ten kilograms.

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