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World Paper Bag Day 2023: Know date, theme, history, significance and other important details

World Paper Bag Day 2023 is a great opportunity for us all to reflect on our shopping habits and commit to making more sustainable choices when it comes to packaging materials.

Edited By: India TV Lifestyle Desk New Delhi Published on: July 11, 2023 14:01 IST
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World Paper Bag Day 2023 is just around the corner and it’s a great time to reflect on the importance of this special day. Paper bags have been around for centuries and they have helped us carry goods for just as long. Paper bags are lightweight, recyclable, and can be used in a variety of ways. Every year, the day is celebrated on July 12. In 2023, we will be celebrating the seventh annual World Paper Bag Day in order to spread awareness about the importance of using paper bags instead of plastic. 

History of World Paper Bag Day

The history of World Paper Bag Day began back in the middle of the 19th century when Francis Wolle in the United States created paper bags for the first time and it became popular since then. However, in the 20th century, the use of plastic bags became popular as they were more convenient to use. But later, in 1999, San Fransisco banned the usage of plastic bags in grocery stores and pharmacies. The city became the first place in the world to outlaw the use of plastic bags.

This was done to encourage the use of paper bags as an alternative to plastic bags, which have been shown to be extremely damaging to the environment. Since then, World Paper Bag Day has become an international event that is celebrated with parades, festivals, and other events that promote paper bag use over plastic bags. 

The Theme of World Paper Bag Day 2023

This year, the theme of World Paper Bag Day 2023 is “If You're 'Fantastic', Do Something 'Dramatic' To Cut The 'Plastic', Use 'Paper Bags'.”

Significance of World Paper Bag Day

The significance of World Paper Bag Day is two-fold. Firstly, it serves as a reminder for people to opt for paper bags over plastic when shopping. Plastic bags are not biodegradable and they can take hundreds of years to decompose in a landfill, leading to serious environmental damage. Paper bags, on the other hand, are much better for the environment as they are biodegradable and can decompose in a few months. 

Secondly, World Paper Bag Day is a great opportunity to raise awareness about the need for sustainable packaging solutions. As plastic waste continues to accumulate in our landfills and oceans, it’s important that we look for alternatives that can help us reduce our environmental impact. This is why World Paper Bag Day is so important - it serves as a reminder for us to explore sustainable packaging solutions that can help us cut down on waste and reduce our environmental footprint. 

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