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Give the Bags a Break!


Why is bag reuse important?

Plastic bags are a big environmental problem. They take a long time to degrade, can damage wildlife and often end up littering our streets and parks. The government 5p levy on single use plastic bags has dramatically helped reduce the number of plastic bags in circulation. The latest figures from April 2016-April 2017 indicate the seven main retailers issued approximately 83% fewer bags (over 6 million fewer), compared with the calendar year of 2014.[1]

Waste less and save more

Using a reusable bag is just one of the many ways that you can waste less and save more money. For more information on the small changes you can make at home and elsewhere check out our Waste Less, Save More household guide.

[1] Single-use plastic carrier bags charge: data in England for 2016-17, Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs, July 2017. Accessed: 24/11/2017 - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/carrier-bag-charge-summary-of-data-in-england/single-use-plastic-carrier-bags-charge-data-in-england-for-2016-to-2017