7.64 BILLION bags were handed out by supermarkets alone in 2014, 98% of which (if they haven't already) will end up in landfill in the near future. Scientists then estimate it will take 400-1000 years for each bag to biodegrade. Seriously? With these awful figures in the media, why do people still take them?
But I mustn't get on my high horse, at least we are doing something about it. Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland already have bag charges and have seen 71%, 12.8% and 42.6% drops in usage respectively since they came into force. That's awesome and I really hope England does equally well over the coming months and years.
Without meaning to come across all holier than thou, I gave up using plastic bags in 2011 - ever since I have used lovely big french market baskets and canvas totes for my shopping. The latter fold away to absolutely nothing and can be carried around in your regular handbag all the time in case you need it while you're out and about. There really is absolutely no reason to accept carrier bags anymore, particularly seeing as there are hundreds of gorgeous reusable ones out there! If you needed an excuse to treat yourself to a new bag, the time is now - and here are a few of my favourites.
(1) World Goes Pop striped popcorn bag, £10 - The Tate Shop // (2) I Love Tea tote bag, £8 - The Tea Appreciation Society // (3) Traditional French market basket, £33 - Olive & Branch // (4) Crazy Cat Lady tote, £8 - Etsy // (5) Little Leaves foldaway tote, £15 - Cath Kidston // (6) Gold slouchy tote, £149 - Boden