5p charge saves 6 billion plastic bags from being used

02 August by Miriam Heale


Shoppers have used six billion fewer single-use plastic bags this year, since the introduction of the 5p charge, according to figures published bythe Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

And retailers are reported to have collected a fantastic £29 million to donate to charity.

The coffee shops are next, with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall waging @HughsWaronWaste with his #wastenot campaign for large corporations such as Starbucks, Costa and Caffé Nero to stop greenwashing and introduce 100% recyclable cups.

Several of us at ALLEN & YORK celebrated World Oceans Day this year, by taking the #BetterBagChallenge pledge not to use any disposable plastic bags for the next year!   

Dr Sue Kinsey, from the Marine Conservation Society, said: “We are delighted to see that the bag charge in England is showing positive results. This is a significant reduction that will benefit the environment as a whole, and our sea life in particular."

The weight of the bags saved is equivalent to 300 blue whales.


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