What do you do with the plastic bags?

Victoria Green
Posted January 4, 2016 from Italy
What do you do with the plastic bags?

Scotland’s plastic bag ban has saved 650 million bags - equivalent to 4,400 tons of plastic - in its first year. Another great climate solution that you can work to implement in your community today.

Scotland's Plastic Bag Ban Saved 650 Million Bags In Its First Year

One year ago, Scotland started charging five pence for plastic grocery bags. In the following year,650 million fewerbags have been used, an 80% reduction. Before the ban on free carrier bags, as they’re called over there, Scotland was the U.K.’s worst offender.

As a conscientious shopper, you might bristle when you see somebody double-bag a cold beverage or bag a single item that has its own handle anyway. Compulsory bag charges might not be popular with these people, but they’re certainly effective. "It’s now becoming second nature to shoppers to reuse their carrier bags and hopefully to think more about our impact on the environment," Scotland’s Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead told theGuardian.

According to the Scottish government, 650 million bags weighs in at 4,400 tons of plastic, which is equivalent to saving 2,800 tons of CO2, even when accounting for the reusable bags that have taken the place of the disposables.

England banned free carrier bags earlier this month. Ireland banned them in 2013, leading to a 71% dropin the first year, and Wales banned them in 2011, also giving a71% drop.

So far in the U.K., the effects has been similar, with a 90% drop in bag usereported bythe Asda supermarket chain.

Not everyone is happy about the charge. Faced with a five penny charge for bags, some shoppers are skipping it in favor ofstealing shopping carts, which only need a £1 coin to release.

How is your country coping with the plastic?

What do you do with the plastic bags you purchase?

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Paul Frank
Jan 04, 2016
Jan 04, 2016

Yay!

Victoria Green
Jan 05, 2016
Jan 05, 2016

= an exclamation used to express joy, excitement

What made you happy about the post?

Paul Frank
Jan 05, 2016
Jan 05, 2016

I am sorry.  I should have explained mysefl better.  It is very good when we see policies to protect the environment that are enacted and get positive results.  I thank you for sharing this good news, and for encouraging others to act on their own.  

Thank you Victoria Vorosciuc!

Kav
Jan 05, 2016
Jan 05, 2016

It is a good change and for very good reasons.

This is waht some people do with pastic bags:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiFljBVMfl4

Stephanie Auxier
Jan 05, 2016
Jan 05, 2016

Thanks for sharing this Victoria. Plastic bags are banned in Portland, Oregon in the U.S. for retailers and food vendors, too, but I wish we also had a country-wide ban like Scotland does. Besides the energy and resources it takes to make the bags, most one-time-use plastic bags are also not recyclable, and end up making their way into the ocean or other natural enviornments, where they are eaten by animals and fish.  It's amazing to see the impact that Scotland's ban has - I hope to see plastic bag bans becoming more popular!

chizor
Jan 05, 2016
Jan 05, 2016

My country is blessed with crude oil and one of the products of crude is petroleum .one of the products of petroleum deriavatives is plastics.plastics have caused more harm than good in my country.we don't have the culture of enviromental cleaning so you see plastics littered everywhere.The worst is the one we call pure water where water are packaged in a nylon or plastics .This causes blockage of drainages and in turn leads to flooding when water can not pass through their channels.This is very sad.i have a friend who collects these plastics and turn it,in to wealth.she crushes it and uses it to make fibers,bags mats e.t.c.turning trash to wealth.  

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