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Plastic bag afterlife

Most of the time I am WAGged out by the second online paper or so depressed reading about another fallen soldier that I am not too sure it’s all worth it, but today I actually feel quite positive.

The Sun has reported it as Plastic Fantastic, the BBC as a missed plastic target, but the numbers speak for themselves. Last year seven supermarkets – amongst them Sainsbury, Waitrose and Asda, signed up to the voluntary scheme of a 50% reduction of plastic shopping bags given out compared to 2006. And today the good news arrived that in May 2009 372 million bags (roughly 6 bags per person in the UK) were used compared to 718 million in May 2006. Okay, so it’s only a 48% reduction, but in times like these let’s stop being typically British for a moment and feel proud.

I am not saying for a second that more can’t be done, far from it, but surely this is a major step towards a greener future.

My husband loves to point out that living with me is like sharing a household with a better dressed Bob Geldof. I recycle everything I can, walk rather than use public transport and never have anything electrical on standby. And this year my New Year resolution was not to use plastic bags again. Okay, so it takes a bit more planning – I have a selection of eco bags that fit in anything from a clutch bag to my big workbag – and I seek out retailers who use paper or cloth bags. I appreciate I can’t single-handed save the world, but I can make a difference. I tut at people when they ask for a plastic bag for their sandwich and send nasty looks to the ones who walk straight outside and put it in a bin. It is so much easier to just say NO!

And in case you haven’t already got an eco bag here are some of my favourites:

The Fairtrade large denim mixed fruit shopping/beach bag -  £15.99

www.thenaturalstore.co.uk

This bag is a statement, waterproof and have inner dividers.

Made of recycled juice packs (non-biodegradable foil) that would otherwise end up in landfill sites it’s the bag that will make you feel double good.

The single eco bag – 2 for £5

www.ecofashions.co.uk

Takes up no more room than your favourite lip gloss and so much more useful. Available in seven funky colours and in packs of six as well. One for you and all your girlfriends.

The Butterfly bag – on sale £4

www.adili.com

Cute design and made from Fairtrade organic cotton. By buying the bag you will help support an Indian children’s charity. And if that isn’t a good enough excuse, Adili is apparently one of Gavin Rossdale’s favourite eco brands.

 

 

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