A reusable bag wholesaler has criticised the Governments Get the Bag Habit initiativefor not going far enough to reduce bag use. Reusabags.com manager Chris Amos said he would prefer a ban or a tax on plastic bags.
Support for a ban on giving away plastic bags is now greater than ever. Many governments around the world including China and France are introducing policy to cut giving away free plastic bags, he said.
Twelve months ago, Gordon Brown demanded a reduction of plastic bags, so for our future and the sake of our planet, the use of reusable bags should be embraced and encouraged now.
Amos also questioned how a commitment from seven leading supermarkets to reduce the bags they give out by 50 per cent by the end of May this year would be checked when the scheme was voluntary.
He added: The bags have the names of the supermarkets all over them, so theyre also a marketing tool.
Amos cited a survey of 2,000 people, conducted via the companys website earlier this year (February), which showed support for banning free bags. It found 83 per cent of respondents believed retailers should stop giving away free plastic bags. Sixty-nine per cent believed the current promise by retailers to reduce bags given away by 50 per cent was not enough.
While 82 per cent of people believed a 10p to15p charge on plastic bags would encourage consumers to change to reusable bags and 92 per cent were concerned about the environmental impact of plastic bags currently available.