A Day Without Plastic in Lviv
"At an average, a plastic bag is used for 20-30 minutes. And then it harms the environment for hundreds of years," Deputy Mayor for Development Andriy Moskalenko said
Lviv resident Lesia said she was delighted with the experiment. She said she was ready to pay a little more for a paper bag instead of a plastic one in order to not harm the environment.
“It’s very convenient because the plastic doesn’t go to waste. I am old enough to realize what damage it causes and how long it takes to reprocess it. Our health is more important,” she said.
For one day, this supermarket exchanged plastic bags in favor of paper ones.
“Even if a bag gets torn, it will be OK. You can buy a new one. The main thing is ecology,” Lviv resident Nelia said.
In the cafe and near the food counters, a supermarket offered wooden cutlery, as well as cardboard plates and cups – instead of plastic ones.
“I am positive because this way we protect the environment,” Lviv resident Olha said.
“We will not use polyethylene gloves anymore. We replaced them with pliers and food turners,” supermarket director, Tetiana Herasymova said.
The Lviv City Council launched the “Zero Waste program” in November, which it intends to implement in stages. Over one hundred Lviv shops and supermarkets joined the campaign.
“Step-by-step, we want to stop using polyethylene not only in large supermarkets, but also in small ones. At an average, a plastic bag is used for 20-30 minutes. And then it harms the environment for hundreds of years,” Deputy Mayor for Development Andriy Moskalenko said.
The “Zero Waste” information campaign will last until July 3. Within this time, people will have the opportunity to gradually get used to the environmentally friendly bags. Later in the year. participating supermarkets in Lviv plan to get rid of plastic and polyethylene completely.