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'Bags for life' making plastic problem worse (Global)

Updated: Jan 9, 2020

Plastic “bags for life” should be banned or raised in price, campaigners say, as new figures reveal a surge in the bags is fuelling a rise in the plastic packaging footprint of leading supermarkets.

Despite high profile promises by the country’s best known supermarkets to tackle the amount of plastic waste they create, their plastic footprint continues to rise, according to research from the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and Greenpeace.

The rise in the sale of bags for life suggests some consumers are simply switching from single-use plastic bags – many of which have been removed from stores – to the thicker bags, which contain far more plastic by weight and are therefore of particular concern. Iceland’s sales of such bags rose tenfold in the past 12 months, and Tesco increased its sales from 430 million to 713 million.

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Even though 'Bags for life' last longer than single-use plastic bags they are still polluting the environment. Rather, bring your own bag from home to shop and keep your household plastic free as much as possible. Despropack offers many choices to replace plastic bags such as paper, cotton, non-woven bags which all last long, are high quality and can be designed any way.

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