Supermarket carrier bag use plummets
Customers at the top UK supermarkets have slashed their bag use with 43% fewer carrier bags used in 2009/10 than in 2006, when records for such matters began.
6.1 billion bags were used in the past year compared to 10.7 billion four years ago. Meanwhile in the past year, bag usage has fallen by 0.7 billion, or ten per cent. Marks & Spencer, who now charge customers for carrier bags, have seen a drop of 64% since 2006.
But the war might not be won yet. The main reason for the huge drop in bag use seems to be a voluntary agreement to cut numbers between the supermarkets, the government and the British Retail Consortium, which ended in May. Since the agreement ended, stats too boring to print here suggest that carrier bag use is slowly rising again.
Which is great news for the almost destitute carrier bag manufacturers but terrible news for the world’s penguins, thousands of whom will almost certainly perish as a result of the news.
WON’T SOMEONE THINK OF THE PENGUINS?