Young duo fights to eradicate plastic bags

Lisa Teuber, 18, and Lena Jahnke, 19, are volunteers with a public awareness campaign in Bonn called “Plastiktten? Nein Danke!” or Plastic Bags? No, Thank You. They gave up plastic bags for Lent last year and continue their crusade to persuade customers to bring reusable bags when they go shopping.

“We’re not trying to f guess factory orbid people to use (plastic bags),” Lisa said. “We’re just trying to make people aware how dangerous this stuff iswe want the production to be reduced.”

Late last year the European Commission proposed measures to drastically reduce plastic bag use across the EU, including getting member states to set targets, charge a compulsory fee for plastic bags, or impose an outright ban.

Lena and Lisa are already guess factory doing their part: guess factory two school students regularly man information stalls in the city center; they give out reusable cotton bags, and talk to shoppers and business owners about using less plastic. Their ultimate goal? Make Bonn the first plastic bag free city in Germany. DW’s Natalie Muller spoke with the guess factory young activisits.

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