I was glad to hear recently that more and more supermarkets are planning to cut down on the number of plastic bags available at the checkouts. Currently:
· British shops give 17 billion plastic bags away every year
· 1.4 million tonnes of plastic packaging is dumped each year
· Between 500 and 1,000 million plastic bags are used worldwide
· The average plastic bag is used for five minutes but takes between 400 and 1,000 years to decompose
If we get into the habit of re-using our carrier bags or, even better, choosing bags for life, we can make a huge difference to the weight of plastic dumped each year. There is now a huge range of re-usable bags available so you can take your pick, and they look much better than carrying your shopping in plastic bags. Happy shopping!