In 2010 Hayley McLellan (now the Environmental Campaigner at the Two Oceans Aquarium) started the Rethink the Bag campaign as a personal stance against ever increasing plastic pollution.

This campaign aims at having single-use plastic bags banned in South Africa. 

In 2011, the Aquarium made the decision to fully support this campaign which led to staff and volunteers being prohibited from bringing single-use plastic bags onto the Aquarium premises.

In 2013, the campaign was incorporated into the Aquarium’s own sustainability efforts and is promoted at every opportunity through exhibits, signage, training and awareness initiatives, and education programmes.


4 ways to change the world

1. Make a pledge

Add your powerful voice to the Rethink the Bag pledges on our website. By stating your intention to refuse plastic shopping bags, you are helping us show the decision makers (politicians, CEOs, manufacturers) that the public wants change. Without your voice, we can’t change their minds.

Make a pledge now.

2. Sign the petition

If you haven’t done so already, please sign our petition to ban the plastic shopping bag in South Africa. Governments, companies and individuals value their reputations and feel accountable to their neighbours, constituents and customers. When thousands of people raise their voices, the message is hard to ignore.

3. Show us your bag!

"Like" the Rethink the Bag page on Facebook or follow Rethink the Bag on Twitter, take a pic with your reusable bag and share it with us. We want to build an album of everyday eco-warriors like you to inspire change in others. Social media is a powerful instrument for change; help us show them how it’s done.

Loud and proud!

4. Take our survey

We want to know what makes you tick when it comes to using reusable shopping bags. If you have a couple of minutes, this survey won’t take long at all and will go a long way in helping us understand how we can help consumers like you