Shoppers now far more likely to use their own bags

It is one year since England’s plastic bag charge came in. Now shoppers in England have become much more likely to take their own bags to the high street since the introduction of a plastic bag charge, a study has found.

Guardian Environment is reporting that more than nine in 10 people now often or always carry their own bags, up from seven in 10 before the 5p charge came into effect, and the public became much more supportive after it started. The number of plastic bags taken from supermarkets and big retailers in England has fallen by 85%.

However while single-use bag use has plummeted in England – as in Wales and Scotland who brought in charges earlier – the study found some evidence that people were building up bag for life mountains at home.

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