With Christmas around the corner the amount of plastic bags is likely to sky-rocket, and if that wasn’t bad enough, there is already the largest number of plastic bags being used in the United Kingdom for over a decade.
Plastic bags, which can take hundreds of years to biodegrade, will be introduced to a charge for their use next year after more than one billion bags have been used this year compared to four years ago.
There are a number of areas that have an unacceptable number of plastic bags on their streets. In fact, this amount has more than doubled in the last decade. The 5p government charge on plastic carrier bags is likely to take effect in 2015 and should reduce the amount of bags on our streets.
Supermarkets and high street brands may turn towards using paper bags as a replacement to help reduce the figures too over the coming year. Paper bags have less risk to the environment and biodegrade a lot quicker.
Another alternative retailers could turn towards to help the environment is printed cotton bags. Branded cotton bags can be used more than once which means customers are more than likely to re-use them when they go hopping again.
Plastic bags have been a problem to our coastlines for some time now, damaging the environment and harming wildlife and sea life. The 5p charge plans will aim to raise £100 million for environmental causes each year.
Not only will this charge help to raise funds for the environment, but the 5p cost for each bag will aim to help reduce the usage of these bags by between 75 and 80 per cent.