I read with interest an article on the reduction of plastic bags within large retailers by charging a nominal fee for each plastic bag.
This is a step in the right direction, but the overall percentage reduction means there is still a long way to go. Hence, the focus must be to reuse bags whenever possible and put the emphasis on that, rather than using less plastic bags, as this does not address the problem head on.
Many initiatives have sprung up, namely:
- Make a charge for plastic bags, a small deterent, but when faced with a large trolly of shopping, guess what happens.
- Bag for life, strong plastic bags, but how many times can they really survive a fully loaded family shop?
Plastic carrier bags are harming the environment, both on land and at sea. The introduction of reusable bags that are stylish, practical and robust means that plastic bags can be eradicated for good.
Reusable bags can replace the plastic bag for the weekly shop, but they can also can be used for carrying items on holiday and out in the country. Footprint Bag have launched a “100 Reasons not to use Plastic Bags” initiative that is aimed at raising the profile of Resuable Bags as a viable alternative to plastic bags.
Have a look at the FootPrint Bag website and send us your reason why Plastic Bags should not be used. If your reason is published, you will receive a 25% discount voucher against your next purchase.
We are looking for people, companies and organisations who have an interest in reducing the impact on the environment.
We at FootPrint Bag started with a simple goal, to eradicate the use of plastic bags. Replacing them with reusable bags that could be used for the weekly shop, but also for other tasks is now gaining traction. There is a growing interest in replacing plastic bags and some countries have already banned them, or at least controlled their composition.
If you have energy saving advice, tips, products or services that can help reduce emmissions, waste or polution, then we would like to hear from you at Footprint Bag
A number of people have adopted the Cloth Bag as a fashion accessory, and potentially to take the higher ground on helping to save the planet. Whatever reason, each person adopting a non-plastic bag is doing their bit to reduce waste and pollution.
The problem is that a lot of the so-called Eco Bags are not designed to last, wear out, tear or do not have a large carrying capacity, and cannot be folded away easily. Have you tried going to the supermarket and putting your shopping into 6-8 Eco Bags? Eco Bags are currently succeeding in the casual shop market, where one bag is sufficient to carry ad-hoc purchases.
Some manufacturers have come up with large container-type bags that take up half of the trolley, but