Muscat: Oman has introduced a national initiative to reduce the use of plastic bags in the country, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs said on Monday.
The initiative, called “The Sustainable Lifestyle”, is aimed at educating the community to preserve the environment, as well as its natural resources.
In a statement, the ministry said, “The National Initiative for Sustainable Lifestyle was inaugurated by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs under the patronage of Minister of Environment and Climate Affairs Mohammed bin Salem Al Tobi.”
It added, “The move aims at educating the community to preserve the environment, as well as its natural resources. Through this initiative, the Ministry will consolidate efforts and expand partnership and cooperation between governmental institutions, the private sector and civil society organisations in the Sultanate to preserve the environment to achieve sustainable lifestyles and reach the goals of the Global Plan for Sustainable Development 2030.”
Moreover, the ministry has announced a national competition to design the logo of the national initiative and sort out the business and will choose the winner of the slogan of the national initiative, which focuses on recycling and reducing the use of plastic bags.
The aim of this national initiative is to spread awareness among all segments of the society towards changing life patterns across many environmental issues and achieve environmental sustainability, including reducing the use of plastic bags and minimising the environmental impacts resulting from them. It also aims at reducing the use of plastic bags and at promoting reusing and recycling culture programmes for bags made from local environment raw materials for shopping.
“After studying the market and the types of bags, the decision will see the light of day soon after the final approval from the specifications and standards committee at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry,” said a Ministry official.
Earlier, the Minister of Environment and Climate Affairs told the Shura Council, “We have completed the regulation on the use of plastic bags to limit their hazards to the environment and human health, as well as the sustainability of the ecological system and biodiversity. We are waiting for the regulations from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.”