Sustainability action 5 : reducing plastic bags
Use durable long-lasting bags to shop rather than plastic bags.
Today I went to the food store with my durable hemp-cotton bag, using this to carry my food purchases rather than using plastic bags. I have two of these bags, one you can see being raided by a Colchester squirrel in the photograph, which I have had for about a year.
During my recent litter pick it was the plastic waste I found more of. Plastic is made from oil products, and is a choking or suffocation hazard to animals. Plastic mostly is resistant to decay, which makes it such an annoying and destructive form of rubbish.
Britain is taking a good stance against plastic, some shops now charging for plastic bags, or paying the customer to reuse bags. Traders have worked out that discouraging people from using their plastic bags is good for the environment as well as their profits. Often I am asked in the shop if I want a bag with a look in the eye of the retail assistant that makes me feel like a puppy murderer if I said “yes”.
Plastic bags won’t be totally eliminated from my life, for they are useful to protect items from the British rain, and to use when picking up litter.