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Carrier Bag 5p Charge update

England's plastic bag usage drops 85% since 5p charge introduced

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/30/england-plastic-bag-usage-drops-85-per-cent-sinc...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/12034574/Plastic-bag-5p-charge-cuts-usage-by-almos...

 

We tend to remember to take our own bags out when shopping, we just leave 10 or so in each Car.

And the car is in the Supermarket Car Park if we forget on those occasions !!

We prefer the Heron 5p ones, they are quite large, and very sturdy

As it is, 6 months in we are still working our way through a Wheelie Bin full of Carrier Bags, we find these very useful around the house.

The Heron ones are also useful in the shed, again being very sturdy...

We did purchase 1,000 carrier bags last year, as yet untouched.....

And yet, when we go Supermarket shopping, we still see quite a few shoppers buying perhaps 10 carrier bags for their shopping !!

 

 

How are you doing ?

 

 

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And despite the bag charge, I still use my rucksack... Grin

 

Also have a Lidl cloth carrier bag (I get some dirty looks in te$co when I use it!!) which I've had for about 10 years or so, a much nicer option than most "Bags for life" as it'll last forever as it's proper cloth, not the imitation plastic stuff they insist is cloth... Smiley

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The news title about England's plastic bag usage dropping 85% is in reality a bare faced lie. As the papers "small print" says it only refers to bags handed out in supermarkets.

And like you I've still bought, had to buy, bags to use around the house etc. Bags that I wouldn't have normally bought.

I would imagine that the actual drop in overall bag usage is a tiny fraction of that 85%. With the rubbish pile more than topped up with the throw away coffee cups which are exempt from any similar money making schemes.

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Whilst there may have been a drop in the use of plastic carrier bags has this been offset by the rise in plastic bin liners, charity bags, items in thick plastic packets or containers for tablets ?

What happened to the brown paper carrier bags of yesteryear ?

Everytime I go out with the intention of buying stuff I take a rucksack as I hate carrying bags around with my hands.

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gleneagles wrote:

What happened to the brown paper carrier bags of yesteryear ?


 

Rainforest depletion apparently, gotta get the wood from somewhere to make the paper after all... Smiley

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Well it has been in force up here in Scotland for a year before the English one, and now people seem to just buy the BFL ones and use them ONCE. The number I see in bins round here is just silly.
And it is the POORER people who are doing it.

We have several that get put back in the car or carried to use, mostly the larger ones but some of the BFL ones for the odd bit of shopping.
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I have 4 large bags in the boot of my car and won't buy 5p bags at a shop.

I'd rather juggle a few items in my hands.

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gleneagles wrote:

 I hate carrying bags around with my hands.


 

I can't say I'm fond of the "Roy Cropper" look either.

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Since the introduction of the tax, I have always carried a cloth bag when there's the remotest chance I will buy anything when I go out. Prior to the introduction, I never used plastic bags - shopping expeditions were always planned, and bags carried as required.

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twocvbloke wrote:

gleneagles wrote:

What happened to the brown paper carrier bags of yesteryear ?


 

Rainforest depletion apparently, gotta get the wood from somewhere to make the paper after all... Smiley


So what's the most useful thing to use wood for ? Brown paper carrier bags or newspapers which are mostly full of fiction and designed to wind people up ?

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gleneagles wrote: most useful thing to use wood for ? Brown paper carrier bags or newspapers which are mostly full of fiction and designed to wind people up ?

 

Maybe the future broadsheet newspaper will come in the form of a carrier bag.

Read it and put your shopping in it.


 

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Might be even more useful if newspapers were printed on softer paper.

Wink

 

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And with print that stays on the paper.Smiley

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gleneagles wrote:

So what's the most useful thing to use wood for ?

 

Never said there was any logic behind it...Grin

 

As for the most useful use of wood, lumpwood charcoal of course... Cool smiley

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