Use of plastic bags up 5% in 2010 compared to previous years

The Guardian have published an article about the increase in use of plastic carrier bags in 2010 compared to the years 2006-2009.

In 2006, UK consumers were using 11bn plastic carrier bags, a figure reduced by 40% to 6bn in 2009. But now these figures have seen an increase around 5% in 2010 according to the government’s Waste and Resource Action Programme (WRAP). The reason? Well, the economy has been one supposed factor with people making more regular short trips to local stores rather than a big weekly shop.

Consumers have helped reduce the use of plastic carrier bags in recent years by re-using old ones or buying life-long bags available from supermarkets for a small fee.

Bob Gordon, head of environment at the British Retail Consortium, tells the Guardian: “It’s encouraging to see the majority of consumers are continuing to reuse their carrier bags and are taking as few new bags as possible. We urge customers to keep that up, particularly when changing shopping habits, including more trips to stores, present a challenge to maintaining the progress made in recent years.”

Gemma O’Brien, dbda


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One Response to Use of plastic bags up 5% in 2010 compared to previous years

  1. Wow, the numbers are going up, big time. Is it the right time to stop plastic production? Would it help lessen plastic wastes? Recycle, reuse – for now this is what we could do to help!

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