Green activists plan holding the moratorium on first Tuesday of each month Green activists have declared the first Tuesday of every month 'No Plastic Bag Day'. The announcement came after they yesterday involved more than 2,000 retail outlets in the second event in their campaign against the overuse of plastic bags. But the Green Student Council has promised to provide better publicity in future after consumers were taken by surprise by the second such event in two months. 'We had greater difficulty in promoting this event than the first one on April 15,' council chairman Angus Ho Hon-wai said. 'It is no longer a fresh event for the public or the media. But we will try to improve publicity for the upcoming campaign.' Eleven more retail chains joined yesterday's event, adding to the 14 from the first and increasing the number of outlets from about 1,200 to more than 2,000. 7-Eleven, with more than 650 outlets, is expected to join the campaign next month. 'We aim to reduce the use of plastic bags by 70 to 80 per cent [on those days],' Mr Ho said. 'But the most important message is to encourage consumers to change their lifestyle. Cutting down the use of plastic bags is only the first step. Various kinds of retailers have come to join the campaign. 'It is a good sign as the business sector is now paying more attention to environmental issues. I think it is welcomed by the public.' Consumers donated 50 cents to Oxfam for each bag they took from the designated outlets yesterday. One participating chain, bookseller Dymocks, gave a free cloth bag to customers who spent more than $200. But shop manager Dickson Wong Ho-cheung said he had had to explain the campaign to people who spent less and had to pay for a bag. And one customer, a Ms Choi, complained about the inconvenience, saying: 'It is nonsense to pay for a plastic bag as it ought to be provided. 'The event should have been widely promoted beforehand. I would have brought my own bag if I had known.' Although she said she would support the campaign in future, she added that plastics bags were not always wasted as they could be reused.