We picked a nice sunny day to have a stall at the Gleadell Street Market.
We were collecting signatures for our Proudly Plastic Free Campaign and we chatted to shoppers about the issues. It also gave us a chance to check out how the market’s Plastic Bag Free status is going.
The answer was “not well”. Many stallholders are now handing out “biodegradable” bags, no doubt believing that these are an environmentally friendly alternative to regular plastic bags. But a Senate Enquiry released last year says that these bags don’t decompose, instead they breakdown into harmful microplastics.
This is something that YCAN will be investigating further.
YCAN at Richmond’s Gleadell Street Market