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Plastic Bag Tax and Ways to Reduce Your Bag Usage
Northern Ireland and Wales currently run such similar schemes which have seen a reported reduction of over 75% in the use of plastic carrier bags. It may seem small but it is obviously having a noticeable effect on shopping habits as people think twice before using and opt for reusing old bags, using biodegradable bags or bag for life options.
While many will gripe about such an introduction it can only mean good news for the environment as a large amount of plastic bags are sent to landfill sites each and every year.
Ways to reduce your use of plastic Bags
To prepare yourself of such a plastic bag tax it would make good sense to start taking small steps now.
Get a Bag For Life
Many supermarkets and shops offer bag for life schemes. By spending a little extra for a more robust shopping bag which you can reuse each time you go shopping. They offer the added benefit of being reusable, environmentally friendly, stronger, have a larger carrying capacity and don’t split if overloaded.
Reuse don’t throw
If you reduce the amount of bags you use you can look to reuse the bags you have instead of simply throwing them away. They can be used for storage of old clothing and shoes in the loft or under the stairs or to keep loose items together in the garden shed.
By making small changes to your shopping habits you can help make a big difference.