"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 secnod 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 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 he 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