Dhiraagu to support “Ban the Bags” Campaign

Dhiraagu has signed as a partner to support the “Ban the Bags” Campaign. “Ban the Bags” is a campaign aimed at banning single-use plastic bags by 2020 initiated by Maldives Getaways as a CSR project in partnership with various other stakeholders. Dhiraagu has donated 1500 reusable bags to both Vaavu Keyodhoo & Alif Alif Ukulhas to assist their single use plastic bag ban from 1st January 2017.

In 2015, over 66 million bags worth over MVR 17 million was imported to Maldives according to Maldives Customs Service. Most of the bags are dumped in to the oceans which damages the fragile underwater marine life and the ecosystem.

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Approximately 8 million metric tons of plastic debris enter the world’s oceans each year. The latest studies and research estimate that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050. Every day 8 million of waste ends up in the biggest bin of modern societies: the Ocean. The amount of waste found in the oceans is so much that its build-up has created massive continents whose size represents 1/3 of Europe.

Marine mammals are choking; oceans are suffocating and Mankind is under threat: such pollution holds many negative consequences for the environment. Only a reduction at the source will ensure a sustainable and efficient fight against such catastrophe.

Maldives Getaways has successfully implemented single use plastic bag bans in three islands of Maldives over the last 15 months, namely AA. Bodufolhudhoo, AA. Ukulhas & V.Keyodhoo.

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