NEWS: Plastic bag update
I have received a lot of positive feedback with regards to the article I wrote on our reliance, as a society, on plastic bags. I would welcome more news on solutions that are out there, but I wanted to share the news that:
Ikea are now to charge 5p a plastic bag in order to help the environment and already plans to increase that charge to 10p later this year. Trials have shown a 90% reduction in plastic bag use.
(Editor's note: Nice to see David Cameron NOT jumping on any green bandwagons, eh? Sorry, do forgive the cynical jibe, I suppose it is good that he has helped publicise the importance of IKEA's move. Ahem!)
Worth noting that Ireland has seen a 90% reduction in the use of carrier bags since 2002 when a charge of 10p a bag was put in place.
And with Tesco's announcing their intention to use biodegradable bags by September 2006 we are seeing quite the revolution. Long may it continue.
This makes me smile - if anyone has any more updates on this - please do let me know.