Getting rid of plastic shopping bags - is it a no-brainer?
- 28 Feb 08, 12:13 PM
There's a growing war on plastic shopping bags. Marks and Spencer plans to charge customers 5p for them in an effort to reduce demand. The Irish government introduced a consumer plastic bag tax in 2002 and says use fell by more than 90%. Even China - not often regarded as a leading light on environmental issues - has banned ultra-thin bags and free bags will be banned from June this year. One of the country's leading plastic bag manufacturers has closed down as a result.
So isn't it now a no-brainer that the UK followed suit?