Rethink the Bag: Make your pledge!

Please add your pledge and be part of a movement to change South Africa for the better. Click here to make a pledge.

See the pledges:

"It’s me and my bag. Nope, not a plastic single-use bag but my @missearth_sa that has a long lifespan. Join me and pledge to #RethinkTheBag”

- Ella Bella Constantinides


"1 in 3 species marine mammals have been found entangled in marine litter. I pledge from today to try & not use plastic bags when shopping."

- Ndumiso Lindi


"Diving almost every day along Cape Town’s coastline, there is not a moment where I don’t see plastic, whether it’s urchins using pieces of plastic as a form of armouring or plastic bags and wrappers floating through the midwater. I have chosen to refuse using plastic bags, but I have also chosen to collect as much plastic as I can, be it while diving or walking along a beach. I now attach a meshed bag to my weight belt which allows me to store any plastic that I find. 
We have reached a situation in which plastic has become the new invasive species, a monster of our own creation, proliferating along our beaches, rivers, seas and now our food chain too. 
With Twyg, Two Oceans Aquarium and The Beach Co-op, I have taken the pledge to refuse to buy or accept single-use plastic shopping bags. I will take my own reusable bags to the shops. You too can join me to #RethinkTheBag by making your own pledge."

- Faine Pearl


"I pledge to use reusable bags and I refuse to buy or accept single-use plastic shopping bags. I will take my own reusable bags to the shops, Including a net bag for my fruit and veg. Join me, and pledge to #RethinkTheBag” together we can make a real difference!!!"

- Susana Kennedy


"It’s all good to refuse single-use plastic for the month of #PlasticFreeJuly but what about the rest of the year? Challenge accepted! 
I refuse to buy or accept single-use plastic shopping bags and straws. I will take my own reusable bags to the shops and use my own bamboo straws. 
Join me, and pledge to #RethinkTheBag” and to #refusethestraw."

- Roxy Louw


"I refuse to buy or accept single-use plastic shopping bags. I will take my own reusable bags to the shops. Join me, and pledge to #RethinkTheBag. Do it! "

- Francois van Coke


"A sunny Friday in July is a real treat, not many would pass the chance to enjoy our oceans as I did in the first video. Well, it’s not going to be possible for much longer if we continue to use single-use plastic at the rate we are - see video 2 for some of the parts of the world where our unconsidered actions are starting to catch up with us. Video 3 is just me considering the impact and making my decision: From today I refuse to buy or accept single-use plastic shopping bags. I will take my own reusable bags to the shops, I currently use a nifty The Joinery one I got from Woolworthss. Join me, and pledge to #RethinkTheBag."

- Seth Shezi


"I pledge to stop using plastic bags and straws. #rethinkthebag #refusethestraw  DOENIT!!  refuse to buy or accept single-use plastic shopping bags. I will take my own reusable bags to the shops. Join me, and pledge to #RethinkTheBag."

- Jack Parow


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

- Teia Louw (Cape Town, South Africa)


"Hey peeps, did u know that South Africa has been listed as the 11th worst contributor of plastic waste into the sea globally? Shocking right!!! Let’s refuse to be a part of the problem and #RethinkTheBag & use of plastic in general. Who’s with me? 2 Fun Facts:

  • Scientists predict that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean, by weight, than fish.
  • South African’s use over 8 billion plastic shopping bags every year! (That’s not including plastic straws and other plastic material.

3 easy Sibalicious Solutions on what we can do to change the status quo:

  • Eliminate at least one single-use plastic item from your life and stick with it.
  • You can start with plastic shopping bags. If you have them at least don’t buy any more, use the ones you already have. And migrate to other carry bags made of cotton material or paper bags. .
  • Don’t use plastic straws. This is a big new trend and a number of restaurants have caught it where they don’t give plastic straws unless you ask for it. Note, this one is a mindset shift cause we are used to plastic straws. So use a spoon to enjoy your milkshake. OR BE LIKE ME and get a cute glass straw set that comes in a pouch with a brush and leave it in the car. Take it with you when you go out for dinner or lunch, etc. Then just clean it when you get home with soapy water using its brush. Make sure it’s dry before placing back in its pouch ready for use again. Easy right!!! Come on my people, let’s do our part. Are you with me? "

- Siba Mtongana


"I will never buy a plastic bag again."

- Simone Nostro (China)


"What keeps me up at night? It's the future of my children and the world they will inherit. So, what am I doing about it? I know I cannot change the world alone, but I pledge to do my bit. Today I pledge to #RethinkTheBag. I pledge to stop using single-use plastic. Please think about doing the same, the future of our children depend on it."

- Phemelo Motene


"Do I look good in this reusable shopping bag that's a great alternative to plastic? Most of us needlessly use single-use plastic bags which we throw away 20 minutes later. This is bad for humans, and for the environment: most of these end up in remote parts of the planet and at the bottom of our oceans harming many species irreparably, quite apart from much of the toxic chemicals added in the manufacture of plastic finding their way back into the human food chains.

I refuse to buy or accept single-use plastic shopping bags. I will take my own reusable bags to the shops. Join me and pledge to #RethinkTheBag "

- Eusebius McKaiser


"I will never use straws and plastic bags again."

- Cwenga Duze (Cape Town, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

- Matthew MacKenzie (Hout Bay, South Africa)


"We all have every intention to do right by future generations and leave them a world we are proud not to have completely destroyed. When Jacquie Myburgh shared images illustrating our impact on the ocean and how we were killing the very species most of us proudly raise funds to save I realized it was time I also played a small part in living the conservation I so easily speak! Friends, I ask you please to join us in saying goodbye to plastic bags. Let us begin to embrace what will surely be cumbersome at first yet I assure we will get used to doing what feels correct - ultimately. Let us begin to take our own re-usable bags to the market, supermarket, etc. with us! We are now accustomed to recycling and sorting our trash at home so this will also become second nature! Thank you Jackie May for inviting me on this journey - I am proud to say NO TO PLASTIC BAGS! A bright, fun yet functional bag is what I encourage you to take grocery shopping while still looking chic! "

- Carol Bouwer


"I will try not to use single-use plastic shopping bags. Please join me, and pledge to #RethinkTheBag. PS: Pick up a free reusable shopper at Aces'n'Spades next time you pull in to wet your throat"

- Grant "Twiggy" Baker


"Hello good humans of the world! Today is my day to take up the pledge to #RethinkTheBag!"

- Ard Matthews


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

- Tim Gerdzen (South Africa)


" I pledge to reduce my use of plastic as much as possible, I already don't buy plastic bags."

- Zoe Alexa (Cape Town, South Africa)


"I pledge to refuse to buy or accept single-use plastic shopping bags. I will take my own reusable bags to the shops."

- Makoma Lekalakala‏


"By 2050 every single marine bird will have plastic in its body - you wouldn’t like it either. I refuse to buy or accept single-use plastic shopping bags. I will take my own reusable bags to the shops. Join me, and pledge to #RethinkTheBag."

- Nik Rabinowitz


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

- Anna Feifel (Germany)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

- Catherine Gray (Cape Town, South Africa)


"Having witnessed plastic pollution at sea from fishing boats and research vessels plus piles of plastic garbage on several oceanic islands....no ore plastic bags for me."

- Barry (Cape Town)


"I pledge to refuse to buy or accept single-use plastic shopping bags. I will take my own reusable bags to the shops."

- Dorah Marema


"I’ve done it. I will no longer buy a single supermarket plastic bag. If I forget my shopping bags, that means packing a trolley of groceries into my car. Worse things can happen. But I have committed to this once and for all - have you?"

- Jacquie Myburgh


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

- Prasenjit Sinha (Johannesburg)


"I will recycle, I will not use straws."

- Tristan (Camps Bay, South Africa)


"South Africans use +/- 8 billion plastic bags per year! In our home we have decided #RethinkTheBag I will no longer buy or accept single-use plastic shopping bags. I will take my own reusable bags to the shops. Join me and pledge to #RethinkTheBag."

- Natalie Maimane


"I refuse to buy or accept single-use plastic shopping bags. I will take my own reusable bags to the shops. Join me, and pledge to #RethinkTheBag. I'm calling on all my friends, not just in South Africa, but around the world to take the pledge with me!"

- Shannon Elizabeth


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

- William von Heynitz (Camps Bay, South Africa)


"To help the environment, I won't buy any plastic bags or use them if I don't need to. I will also refuse straws from restaurants since I am old enough to drink without one."

- Ella Bloch von Blottnitz (Cape Town, South Africa)


"I refuse to buy or accept single-use plastic shopping bags. I will take my own reusable bags to the shops. Join me, and pledge to #RethinkTheBag.”

- Siv Ngesi


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

Gloria Gladstone Uwizeye (Rwanda)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

- Jade Maneveld (Cape Town, South Africa)


"I will not use plastic anymore and will use bamboo straws from now on."

- Simamkele (Gugulethu, Cape Town)


"WE SAY NO TO PLASTIC BAGS!!!"

- The Future Kids Club

 


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

- Helen Millson (Cape Town, South Africa)


"We only have one world. We have the power to change it for the better. Join me and rethink the bag. Stop using single-use plastic bags. Take your own reusables to the shops. One world."

- Zolani Mahola (Freshlyground)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

- Presha Soogrim (KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

- Mateo Rossotto (Madrid, Spain)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

- Janisha Harie (Johannesburg, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, we pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, we will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

Güdco - Doing Goods


"I refuse to buy or accept single-use plastic shopping bags. I will take my own reusable bags to the shops. Join me, and pledge to #RethinkTheBag."

- Lola and Co. Organics


"I will not use any plastic straws or unnecessary plastic lids for coffee/smoothies."

- Laura de Klerk (Cape Town, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

- Graham Thomas (Cape Town, South Africa)


"I pledge to always refuse a plastic shopping bag by having my own reusable bags. To stop buying plastic bottled water by always filling up with water at home. To keep saying no to plastic lids and straws and to not be afraid to speak out against single-use plastic."

-  Nicola Zaina (Hout Bay, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Tyrone Bruce (Kenton-on-Sea, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Janey Ball (Cape Town, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag. It is part of saving the world."

-  Jim Powell (Buccleuch, Johannesburg, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Tessa Rajoo (Cape Town, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Charnani Adam


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

- Kevin James (GCX)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Lance Lawson


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Nadya van Stein (Pichulik)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Nitasha Baijnath-Pillay (Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Filipa Domingues


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Brittanee Ensor-Smith


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Pini Potgieter (The Firm)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Jared Hartman (Stasher)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Roxana Scheepers (In The Green)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Lauren Gregory


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Yui Keeping (Taiwan)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Justine Matzopoabs


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Mzukisi Mbane (Imprint ZA)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Natasha Winer (Stasher)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Emma Longden


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Alan Shelly


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Siyanda Tyemela (Imprint ZA)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Elza Hart (Shop Zero)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

- Presha Soogrim (KZN, South Africa)

 

"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Natasha (Nourish'd)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Drue Birch (Finding Frost)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Maike Buckton (Greenpeace)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Amrain Ismael-Essop


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Rebecca (Imagery by Kye)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Ciara Edwards (Dublin, Ireland)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Claudine van Zyl (The Beach Co-op)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Andre Harms (Ecolution Consulting)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Reg Mac (The Firm)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Shannon van Vuuren (Greenpeace Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Aimee Philippa Hoppe (Greenpeace/Unicorn Café)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

- Jade Maneveld (Cape Town, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

- Janisha Harie (Johannesburg, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

- Stefan Scheepers (In The Green)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Faine Loubser


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Fayros Jaffer (Life in Pictures)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Gary Birch


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

- Celine Hoeks (BrewKombucha)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Matt Meyer (Stream Straws)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

- Liesel James


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Adrian de Kock


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Lacoste Pome (We All Share Roots)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Bernie Shelly


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Shamyra Moodley (Laaniraani)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Keshav Pillay (Eversdal Primary School)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Kim (Lush SA)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Kyle Hartman (Stasher)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Bryn Roberts (The Joinery)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

- Lisa Beasley (Beach Co-op)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Jaco van der Spuy


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Nicole Cadiz (Samsara)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Sam Smout


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Kumeron Goesder (Greenpeace)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Bryan Little


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Nicholas Mudskipper (Tomb Tattoo)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Alex Glenday (BrewKombucha)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Marc Laurent (Pool Pure)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Stacey Cyrus (Nude Foods)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Kalvin Sutherland (Taste Status)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Gary Cotterell


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Paul Rubin (Nude Foods)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Luane Slingerland


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Deanne Fouche (The Beach Co-op)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Brenden Abdullateef Coetzee  (Johannesburg, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Michelle Walker (Welkom, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Todd Schoeman  (Hout Bay, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Mandla Gqamlana (Cape Town, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Ard Matthews (Hout Bay, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment and to promote a more sustainable future for the whole community of life on Earth, I will continue to refuse plastic shopping bags and challenge cashiers to encourage other shoppers to do so too."

-  Kate Davies (Cape Town, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Anne Taylor (Stellenbosch, South Africa)


"For the future of our planet, I pledge to reduce my use of plastic shopping bags & to increase the use of my long-life shopping bags."

-  Glynis Goyns (Tshwane, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Monique Schreiber (Cape Town, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Paneshri Reddy (Durban, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Monique Else (Johannesburg, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Brigitte Philogene (Durban, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

-  Willemien Engelbrecht (Fish Hoek, Cape Town, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

Toshka Barnardo (Port Elizabeth, South Africa)


"I will do my best to encourage others to become aware and stop using plastic bags as I have."

- Lieschen (Wynberg Girl's High School, Cape Town, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead, I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

- Angela Wain (Cape Town, South Africa)


"For the good of marine life, I pledge to advocate for alternative shopping bags (Stop Plastic) in order for the next generation to enjoy the beauty of a plastic free world."

- Desmond Lambrechts (Somerset, South Africa)


"I pledge to continue my effort not to purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. I have been using my own reusable, long-life shopping bags for a couple of years, and will continue to convince other people to do the same. I will also continue to refuse straws and make an even bigger effort to be more actively involved in being part of the solution, and not the problem!"

- Suzelle Kruger (Robertson, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

- Cindy Stephen (Cape Town, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

- Lauren Lamont (Durban, South Africa)


"We are for quite a number of years already not using any plastic shopping bags. Now we pledge not to use plastic bags in the shop for fresh produce anymore, but instead make our own reusable fabric bags. We also pledge to stop buying tea bags (which are all lined with plastic) and use loose tea instead."

- David Botha (Western Cape, South Africa)


I pledge:

  1. To continue using my own reusable shopping bags,
  2. To avoid plastic packaging wherever possible by buying from outlets that minimise or avoid packaging
  3. To minimise buying new plastic goods in favour of second hand products or goods made from recycled or less harmful material, and generally to buy less stuff.

- Amanda Jackson (Cape Town, South Africa)


"To protect my pledge to the environment is to not purchase plastic shopping bags and use my own reusable bags."

- Annick King (East London, South Africa)


"For the ocean and it’s creatures and for the future of our planet, I pledge to no longer buy or accept any plastic shopping bags. I am rather going to use my awesome wicker shopping basket or cool reusable shopping bags instead."

- Nicole Hughes (South Africa)


"I pledge to reduce single use plastic - to campaign for more environmentally sustainable alternatives to plastic. To recycle plastic."

- Debbie Raubenheimer (Western Cape, South Africa)


"Because I believe that we are called to look after God's earth and each other - people and animals - I pledge to no longer purchase or accept plastic shopping bags. Instead I shall take my own re-usable, long-life shopping bags and experiment with using cane baskets again as I did in my youth."

- Frank Molteno (Cape Town, South Africa)


"I pledge to always use my material shopping bag instead of buying plastic shopping bags at the counter. I also pledge to use my material vegetable bags so I don't need to use the small clear bags they offer at the vegetable counter. I also pledge to use biodegradable plastic bags for collecting dog poop."

- Kate Steddon (Cape Town, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag"

- Marja Wren-Sargent (Cape Town, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag. And I will encourage other people too."

- Gameda Benefeld (Cape Town, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead I take my own reusable, long-life shopping bags. We recycle all household waste."

- Linda Rogers (Cape Town, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer use plastic bags without recycling them following use. I will endeavour to use re-usable shopping bags and recycle wherever possible."

- Amanda Edwards (Cape Town, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag.”

- Johan Brink (Cape Town, South Africa)


"I pledge to remember to bring long life reusable bags to use when shopping and to avoid buying fruit and vegetables packaged in plastic bags."

- Arthur Rowan Dunkley (Cape Town, South Africa)


“For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag.”

- Dean Gilbert (Cape Town, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

- George Smith (Cape Town, South Africa)


"I pledge to not accept plastic bags for my purchases."

- Lena Thiede (Cape Town, South Africa)


"I do not and will not accept any plastic bags, and have for years, taken my own fabric shopping bags when shopping. Nor will I use any plastic straws."

- Wendy Paisley (Cape Town, South Africa)


"I pledge to continue not buying plastic bags and carry a shopper bags as I already do. to encourage family and friends to do the same and refuse free plastic bags. I also plan on lobbying more people from church to begin to refuse plastic bags."

- Mandisa Gumada (Durban, South Africa)


"We (the family members) are not accepting any plastic carrier bags when we go shopping; instead we are bringing our own, reusable ones. We are also trying to refuse straws, lids for take-away coffee cups, and other unnecessary plastic."

- Wolfgang Preiser (Cape Town, South Africa)


"I will make my own bags going forward."

- Moira Green (South Africa)


"I will engage with other stakeholders to sensitise the nation about this issue." 

- Ellinah Wamukoya (Mbabane, Swaziland) 


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag.” 

- Jane Foster (Cape Town, South Africa)


"Use only cloth shopping bags - have done so for some time."

- Veronica Limn (Cape Town, South Africa)


"I hereby pledge to no longer accept plastic shopping bags and will encourage those around me to do the same."

- Bev Bates (Cape Town, South Africa)


"I am solemnly pledging not to purchase plastic bags again and will also encourage my family to do as such but rather use the reusable bags when needed that are not made up of plastic."

- Sipho Jamela (East London, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment and because I love Two Ocean Aquarium, I have not bought plastic bags for years because I have my own reusable shopping bags."

- Carolyn Arenz (Cape Town, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag. I pledge, to make Vleesbaai and our surrounding area a plastic shopping bag & Single use straw free zone. I pledge to inspire and educate my community. Together we can. Together be free, plastic free."

- Erich Goold (Vleesbaai, South Africa)


"Trying my best in little steps to be an ecowarrior mom making a better place for my children and teaching them to make better choice for the good of our environment - we use our reusable bags."

- Ana Simoes (Johannesburg, South Africa)


"I pledge to not buy plastic bags."

- Shannon Minnaar (Cape Town, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

- Carlos Delpech (Yucatan, Mexico)


"I do pledge to bring my own bag! For many years I have made sure that I have cloth bags with me when I shop, my adult family do likewise."

- Avis Farr (Germinston, South Africa)


"For some time I have used my own reusable shopping bags. I pledge to continue this practice and never use another plastic bag under any circumstances."

- Graham Lashbrooke (Cape Town, South Africa)


"Say no to plastic bags and wrapping. Use a hemp shopping bag, glass containers for food storage. No to straws."

- Michelle Legg (Knysna, South Africa)


"I pledge to obey my wife and never purchase a plastic bag again!"

- Robert Legg (Knysna, South Africa)


"I pledge to use reusable shopping bags as often as possible. No to plastic shopping bags!"

- Caroline Westwood (Western Cape, South Africa)


“For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag.”

- Ian Haggie (Cape Town, South Africa)


"I pledge to re-use the plastic shopping bags I already have and to safely dispose of them in a recycle facility."

- Elize Gillbanks (Durban, South Africa)


"I haven't bought a single plastic bag in months. Since seeing the effects it has on marine life, especially whales and seals, I have pledged to never buy one again. I get so frustrated by all the plastic baggies put over or around our products, since they all just get tossed in the bin to be blown around by the wind. I believe that it is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness, so I will do what I can as one person to make a difference. Thanks for this initiative. It is inspiring!"

- Mariechen Vermeulen (Paarl, South Africa)


"I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. I only use my own reusable, long-life shopping bags."

- Mea Lashbrooke (Cape Town, South Africa)


"I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. I stead I will make my own reusable longlife shopping bag and remember to take it with me."

- Gael Gray (Scarborough, South Africa)


"I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag when shopping."

- Boetie Toerien (Cape Town, South Africa)


"I DO NOT use plastic shopping bags. I pledge to continue using my own made of cotton and recycled plastic."

- Anne Haarhoff (Western Cape, South Africa)


"I promise to never buy plastic bags again but to bring my own with when going for shopping and to also find a way to make new carier bags out of recyclable material."

- Lakhe Lakhe (Cape Town, South Africa)


"Take my own, or carry my own, that's what hands are for!"

- Ginny Sassen (Cape Town, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag.” You may use this pledge, or create your own."

- Jenna Matthews (Cape Town, South Africa)


How can you not want to use reusable bags when they come in such awesome designs that suit your personality and save the environment at the same time?! I pledge to continue to use reusable bags and never purchase a plastic bag ever again in my lifetime.

- Jessica Basch (Cape Town, South Africa)


"Absolutely as stated below!"

- Liezl De Villiers (Hermanus, South Africa)


"I pledge, for the good of the environment and our maine life, I will no longer accept or purchase one-time use straws and will not let balloons float into the air to land up in our oceans."

- Keith Stone (Cape Town, South Africa)


"We re-use our plastic bags already, and only accept them when we have no bag with us, or cannot carry everything in our hands.
I pledge to keep reusable bags on me and in my car going forward.
I believe the concept should be extended to 'Re-think Plastic', as the over-reliance on this unnecessary material is bordering on pandemic."

- Simon Revington (Cape Town, South Africa)


"Whenever I forget my reusable, long-life shopping bag at home, I buy another one. Collection growing."

- Karien Jordaan (Bloemfontein, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag or purchase brown paper bags."

- Will Scott (Cape Town, South Africa)


"No more plastic bags, ever!" 

- Yolande Taylor (Cape Town, South Africa)


"Plastic shopping bags are slow to degrade, unsightly and lead to enormous casualties (land and marine life) annually. We do not need them. Neither carrier nor barrier bags. Time to go back to boxes, baskets, and reusable bags. We are starting to convert our used dog food bags (the large 'Hills' ones) into wonderful hard wearing reusables too!"

- Michelle du Toit (Cape Town, South Africa)


"Wonderful movement... Awareness is the first step, encouragement the second and opportunity the final step. I will REMEMBER to use the carefully placed re-useable bags that are in my car boot, every time I shop!"

- Clare Jeffrey (Somerset West, South Africa) 


"For the good of living creatures in our ocean - I pledge to no longer purchase / accept plastic bags but instead will use my own reusable bags."

- Lizelle De Graaf (Cape Town, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

- Gameda Adams (Cape Town, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

- Justin Coetzee, Two Oceans Aquarium ambassador (Cape Town, South Africa)


"Not to use plastics bags by always carrying reusable ones in my car, which I already do. If I forget to take them into the shop then I just take the trolley to the car and pack them in then!"

- Janet Gutsche (South Africa)


"No more plastic bags! Try and remember to keep my reusable bags in my car. I always have a small fold-up bag in my handbag. But to encourage the children in my class and at our school to make their parents aware or the damage plastic bags do to our environment."

- Jacky Rees (Cape Town, South Africa) 


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag." 

- Johann Verster (Cape Town, South Africa)


"For the environment, I pledge to no longer accept plastic shopping bags but instead will use my own reusable long life shopping bag."

- Adam Bekko (Cape Town, South Africa)


"For the last couple of years, I do not purchase plastic bags and use my own reusable shopping bags. I also ask clothing stores to rather use my own bags... which always surprises them "because it's for free". I will continue doing this and teach my kids to do the same." 

- Izette Mostert (Stellenbosch, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept single-use plastic shopping bags. Instead I will use my own reusable, long-life shopping bag. I pledge to encourage retailers issuing single use plastic bags to issue reusable or paper bags instead."

- Brenda Coetzee (Cape Town, South Africa)


 "For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag." 

- Jennifer Edwards


"To take my own bag shopping."

- Anna Turner, (Cape Town, South Africa)


"Simple: start by shopping with reusable shopping bags as opposed to single use plastic bags."

- Nicolas Whipp (Cape Town, South Africa)


"I will not accept single use shopping bags by taking my own reusable bags. I will take along my own reusable barrier bags to prevent another source of single use bags which is creeping into most stores."

- Xavier Zylstra (Cape Town, South Africa)


"I won't accept plastic bag when purchasing groceries!"

- James Gibson (Western Cape, South Africa)


"I hate plastic bags! I won't buy any more, I'll either re-use those we have left, or use bags made from recycled materials, or long-life shopping bags. Thank you for this initiative - saw the article in Cape Times 4 July 2016. We do daily clean-ups on our local beaches (St Helena Bay area) and pick up plastic bottles, fishing gut, plastic used to wrap fish at sea, and general junk." 

- Jeannie de Kock (St Helena Bay, South Africa)


"I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Further I pledge to promote the use of brown paper bags in my place of work (retail) instead of plastic bags."

- Marie Claire van den Bout (Muizenberg, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment and particularly our oceans I pledge to no longer use not purchase plastic shopping bags ~ instead I will use fabric re-usable bags."

- Sharleen Vinokur (Johannesburg, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, and most importantly for those whose home is the sea, I pledge to always carry a reusable bag, to stop buying plastic bottles of water, and to never use straws or balloons."

- Shirley Donohue (Cape Town, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

- Cathy Burton (Cape Town, South Africa)


"I will not use plastic shopping bags for the good of all."

- Jeff Knickelbei (Cape Town, South Africa)


"I pledge to no longer purchase plastic bags when I do shopping, but rather to carry with me my own re-usable, fabric bags."

- Ruqaiyah Davids (Cape Town, South Africa)


"For the good of our environment, I pledge to place reusable shopping bags in my purse and car so that I have them at hand when I'm shopping. I also pledge to tell people about the cause." 

- Maxine Leo (Port Elizabeth, South Africa)


"I can't believe the devastation that plastic bags are creating. I want to get involved."

- Lizette Smith (Port Elizabeth, South Africa)


"Watching Hayley on SABC 3. Well done Hayley! I'm with you. How can I help? As a minimum for the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

- Kerry Short (Johannesburg, South Africa)


"No more buying of plastic bags from supermarkets, I will only buy locally made re-usable bags."

- Barbara Cooper (Gauteng, South Africa)


"I pledge to no longer use plastic single use shopping bags. I have reuseable shopping bags and will use them always. I also pledge to pick up any plastic bags that I see in the street to prevent them washing into our marine environment."

- Diana Martin (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment. I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag." 

- Beverly Sharp (Randburg, South Africa)


"For the good of the environment, I pledge to no longer purchase or accept any plastic shopping bags. Instead I will take my own reusable, long-life shopping bag."

- Sarah Musgrave (Plettenberg Bay, South Africa)


"I have made the commitment to only use my reusable bags, purchased through a local upliftment programme. They are so pretty that people comment on them. I don't want to see any more plastic bags anywhere!"

- Patty Fennell (Noordhoek, South Africa) 


"I pledge to create awareness and try to influence people to use an eco-friendly product and reduce the usage of plastic bags. I pledge to use the biodegradable paper bags and jute bags whenever I do shopping."

- Donald Morathi (Brakpan, South Africa)


"Turning thought into action will help save our enviroment. I pledge to Rethink the Bag! I saw Hayley on television and I cried like a baby... I knew somehow I have to help with this cause!"

- Jacquiline Botha (Randfontein, South Africa)


"After surfing around the world, I ended up surfing on one of the most beautiful islands in the world, Bali. Crystal-clear blue water, perfect waves, warm water … But it was so polluted with plastic floating in the ocean, like a soup bowl, so I decided to start African Surfriders Foundation (ASF) and to strive for litter-free beaches, coastlines and townships. Rethink the Bag is awesome. At ASF we are tired of collecting and picking up retailers’ profits in our oceans. Let’s all strive together to save our environment, which we actually just rent for a lifetime."

Ryan Smith, founder African Surfriders Foundation


"We as a family do not and will not make use of single use plastic bags. We also endeavor whenever possible to introduce this concept to people we are in contact with and promote the exclusive use of re-usable bags."

Leon Wolmarans (Cape Town, South Africa)


"I pledge to re-think what I purchase that contains plastic and take my own re-useable plastic bags when I do shopping."

Tara-Jane Franken (Cape Town, South Africa)


"I haven't used plastic bags in years."

Ingrid Cronje (Cape Town, South Africa)


"I pledge to only utilise reusable non-plastic bags in order to save and protect our beautiful country."

Emeline Marrier d'Unienville (Durban, South Africa)


"I will take my own reusable bags whenever I got the shops and encourage others to do the same to spread awareness."

Caitlin Thomson (Cape Town, South Africa)


"I pledge to not purchase any plastic shopping bags and to only use cloth bags. I will try as much as possible to buy unpackaged groceries, in order to reduce the unnecessary use of plastic."

Ivana Abreu (Cape Town, South Africa)


"Plastic bags have numerous negative impacts on our environment. They are made of polypropylene (which is a material made of a non-renewable resource) and they are non-degradable. Only a very small amount of plastic bags can be recycled as this is a very costly process. Many countries have already banned the use of plastic bags and I believe South Africa should implement this idea too. Plastic bags are very light and strong winds can blow them everywhere. They polute our beautiful South African nature and our oceans. I do no longer wish to use any plastic bags and rather use bags made of fabric or recyclable paper."

Khaya Reischmann (Cape Town, South Africa)


"I will not accept plastic bags,I will instead use reusable bags and I ban myself from staws."

Gemma Frantz (Cape Town, South Africa)


"I pledge to no longer use single use plastic bags, whatever the purpose, and bring along my own reusable, material bag instead."

Christie Munro (Somerset West, South Africa)


"We agree that nature comes first and pledge to not use plastic packets with our products and that the containers we do have can be reused by all."

Made by Teens (Western Cape, South Africa)


"I pledge to demonstrate how alternative packaging is not only achievable and sustainable, but more economical too. We start with 50 children signing a plastic-free pledge on Youth Day at the Young Entrepreneurs Pocket Money Market!"

Linda Wilson (Cape Town, South Africa)


"I pledge to refuse single use plastic bags and to use reusable material bags, to help our environment."

Kate Wittstock (Johannesburg, South Africa)


"We pledge to remember our reusable shopping bags when going to the shops and to keep extra in the car! We also pledge to eliminate single-use plastics in our business where possible."

Michelle & Peyton Morgan (Cape Town, South Africa)


For the good of the environment, I pledge to not use or purchaseplastic shopping bags. Been using my own hemp baskets as shopping bags for years.