The councils of London have voted in favour of banning the handing out of free plastic bags. They will present a private bill to Parliament on the 27th of November with the hope that the MP’s will vote in favour of a plastic bag tax. This is a good thing of course. You’d be amazed at the staggering number of plastic carrier bags our shops give out each year in this country.
When we were in France last year, the supermarket that we shopped at sold huge heavy duty bags and everyone used them. The throwaway bags were available but I rarely saw them in use. We should be well into the habit of taking reusable bags with us when we do our grocery shopping, Making people pay for the throwaways will encourage this. It does work. My mum used to save and reuse her carrier bags every week because there was a charge for them.
A store in London has gone several steps further and asks people to bring their own bags, tubs, jars, pots etc. to fill up with their groceries. Sounds very quaint and olde-worlde doesn’t it. The shop is aptly called UnPackaged. Pretty smart methinks. I hope it catches on.