The Recycle for London campaign has launched a campaign to encourage Londoners to reuse their plastic bags and say no to accepting new plastic bags when shopping.
At the campaign launch today (Feb 22), the Deputy Mayor of London, Nicky Gavron and Green member on the London Assembly Jenny Jones, was joined by media partner The London Paper to encourage Londoners to use reusable bags. They stood in front of a giant plastic bag filled with 260 plastic bags to show the average amount of plastic bags that a Londoner receives in one year.
Speaking to MRW Jones said: We are looking at the throw away culture of plastic bags and most of us do not know the impact of making those plastic bags and then throwing them away. The first issue is that they waste valuable resources and secondly they are thrown away and cause litter problems.
In reference to the giant plastic bag demonstration, Jones said that it was a very good example to bring down our own carbon footprint and to tell people to go without plastic bags for a year and save the equivalent of taking 4 cars off the road per year. Jones has called for a plastic bag levy to be introduced to deter people from using plastic bags.
Londoners use over 37 million new plastic bags each week, and this equates to 2.2 billion plastic bags per year.
Deputy Mayor of London Nicky Gavron added: We need to stop accepting plastic bags and say no. Instead we need to use reusable bags and bags that we already have.
People are ready for change and supermarkets need to stop giving out plastic bags. Gavron supports a complete plastic bag ban in London.
Recycle for London and The London Paper will give out 10,000 free cotton reusable bags to be handed out of Oxford Street today (February 22).
Image: (L-R) Green member of the London Assembly Jenny Jones and Deputy Mayor of London Nicky Gavron.