Plastic waste rises as 1.5bn ’bags for life’ sold in UK, research finds

Plastic waste rises as 1.5bn ’bags for life’ sold in UK, research finds

Sales of ’bags for life’ in UK rose to 1.5bn last year as the amount of plastic used by supermarkets increased to 900,000 tonnes, an increase of 17,000 tonnes from 2017, Greenpeace research said. Seven out of the top 10 supermarkets increased their plastic footprint year-on-year. The report is calling for a ban on bags for life, or a rise in price to at least 70p to cut the plastic mountain.

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Ryan M 5 months

You'd have to use one of those fabric bags thousands of times before offsetting the environmental impact of an equivalent number of plastic bags. Nobody uses those bags thousands of times; they end up in closets, forgotten about. They can be seen blowing in the wind and washing up on shores, just like plastic bags. Canada's move to ban all things plastic has lead to a sharp increase in paper alternatives. The increased demand for paper is bringing down more trees, destroying more CO2-sequestering habitats. But, of course none of that matters. As long as consumers get to feel good about themselves they don't have to do any actual thinking.

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