Sunday, October 21, 2007

BRIGHTON BANS PLASTIC BAGS

Brighton is leading the fight to save the planet by becoming the first city in Britain to ban the use of plastic bags in its shops and supermarkets. The city council is encouraging retailers to issue customers with re-usable bags instead and also to cut down on packaging materials. An estimated 17.5 billion plastic bags are given away by supermarkets in Britain every year. Many of these end up in landfill sites whilst millions of others are dumped on our streets, in parks and on our beaches.

Plastic bags can be lethal to wildlife and take up to 1,000 years to break down and rot away. To reach EU targets, Britain must make drastic cuts to the amount of waste it sends to landfill sites by 2020. It looks like Brighton has made a postivie step in the right direction. Let's hope that other cities in Britain follow their example. Using a re-usable bag to do the weekly shop is one of the small ways we can all help to save the planet.

4 comments:

Marion said...

This is wonderful. I take a canvas bag with me when I shop...it's strong and sturdy, and best of all, it's reusable!

Naomi said...

I love canvas bags Marion. I have one from Bettys TeaRooms in Yorkshire. They look good and help save the planet too.

Lily said...

Brighton is such a cool place :-) I certainly hope they bring this idea to Manchester. And whilst they are about it they could stop wrapping fruit and vegetables in plastic. Last time I looked, banana's have their own skins!

Naomi said...

I think they should bring the idea to every city Lily. Food, particularly fruit and vegetables has always been overpackaged. Hope you enjoyed your visit here.