Plastic bag use rises in England but loads of us would happily pay 5p per bag
Buoyed by the inherent message in blockbuster book 50 Shades Of Grey, it seems that English people are happy to be on the receiving end of a good hard spanking in the supermarket as well as in a silly old book.
Our good friends at Which! have done a survey and found that 56% of Englanders would support a charge of 5p per carrier bag when they do their weekly shop, in keeping with the same charge which! already exists in Wales.
The survey was carried out on the back of news that supermarkets handed out almost 400 million more bags last year than they did in 2010, in spite of the fact that we’re all supposed to be becoming more groovy and eco-aware and keen on not killing penguins with our selfish bag-acquiring antics. Pffft….
It seems that EIGHT BILLION plastic bags were given out in England last year. Meanwhile, in Wales, some retailers managed to cut the number of bags handed out by 80%. Nice one Wales.
Some other findings from Which! include…
• Average number of plastic bags in every home in England = 17.
• Consumers who re-use plastic bags = 90%.
• Consumers who say supermarkets don’t encourage us to recycle bags enough = 60%.
• Consumers who created heat-retaining night-suits out of used plastic bags = 55%.
• Made-up statistics in above list = 25%.