Plastic Bags

Forgotten Ritual: Why We Must Go Back To The Future On Food

Sian Sutherland | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK
Sian Sutherland

Plastic packaging is used by the consumer for just a few minutes, but it remains on the earth forever. What price are we paying for this convenience; for this new addiction to fast food; to mindless consumption with no thought of consequence to our own environment and our own health. Which came first - fast food or fast plastic?

H&M UK Converts Plastic Bag Charges In To £1million Cash For Children

Kate Goldman-Toomey | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK Style
Kate Goldman-Toomey

Nyapour, from South Sudan, was only 9 when conflict came to her village. Forced to flee with her mum, she described how "I was very frightened by the war. I saw so many people wounded and men shooting guns, it was very bad."

France Becomes First Country To Completely Ban Plastic Cups, Plates And Utensils

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK Tech

If your idea of a perfect summer holiday was picnicking on the French Riviera, then you can bid adieu to your convenient plastic dishware. France has ...

Plastic Bags and the Ecological Revolution at Hand

Julian Vigo | Posted 05.08.2017 | UK
Julian Vigo

A report published in the journal Science in 2015 estimates that about eight million tonnes of plastic ends up in global waters each year:  "We calcu...

Turns Out The Plastic Bag Charge Has Had A Rather Impressive Effect After All

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 30.07.2016 | UK

Shoppers in England are set to take home six billion fewer single-use plastic bags this year as a result of the 5p charge, early figures suggest. Mo...

Card Factory Have A Rather Simple Way Of Getting Around The 5p Plastic Bag Charge

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK

Card Factory have come up with a remarkably simple way to get around the government's 5p plastic bag charge. Chop off the handles. The simple ac...

Student Takes Suitcase To Supermarkets To Avoid 5p Plastic Bag Charge

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A student has come up with a pretty nifty idea of how to save pennies - and the environment - by taking his suitcase on his supermarket shop, instead ...

The Plastic Bag 'Dilemma'

Sacha Knop | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK
Sacha Knop

It's been a few weeks since we need to pay for our plastic bags in the UK and it's amazing how much of a topic it's been... literally everywhere. I don't think most people realized how far the plastic bag had made its way into our lives. I don't think I did.

5p Bag Charge: Man Gets Trolley Stealing Tattoo To 'Push Banter'

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK

A shopper who stole a trolley to avoid the 5p carrier bag charge has found a more permanent way to let his disapproval be known, a move he says is aim...

This Proves No One Can Be Trusted In The Wake Of The Plastic Bag Charge

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK

Exasperated supermarket workers have been forced to put security tags on their shopping baskets at one store, after thefts sky-rocketed following the ...

The 5p Plastic Bag Versus The Steak on Your Plate

Jasmijn de Boo | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Politics
Jasmijn de Boo

The Climate Change Act 2008 gave the government a mandate to impose a fee for plastic carrier bags in an attempt to cut down on waste and global warming. In England this measure has now been implemented. While the step in itself is laudable, its environmental benefits will be negligible.

Entrepreneurs Sell Plastic Bags Online For 'Mates Rates'

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK

The “chaos” predicted by tabloids failed to materialise when the new carrier bag charge came into force on Monday - but some people are still hopi...

Do You Ever Feel...

Caragh Little | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK
Caragh Little

... Like A Plastic Bag? Once worthless: now worth 5p? The Katy Perry lyric has a whole new significance in England today, as the 5p charge for plas...

Here Are Some Of The Brilliant Places Your 5p Bag Charge Will Go

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK

England's shoppers have so far defied the media’s predictions of chaos to actually take the new plastic bag charge in their stride - with many even ...

Tabloids Scream 'Chaos' Over Plastic Bag Charge, The Internet Reacts Hilariously

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK

Many people had feared the carnage this day would bring, with both the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror predicting “chaos” as the new plastic bags char...

This Infographic Puts The 5p Plastic Bag Charge In Perspective

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK

As the plastic bag charge comes into force in England, the nation has been warned of the "chaos" that will ensue as confused shoppers will have to for...

Man Addicted To Eating Plastic Bags Is (Somehow) Medically Fine

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

We don't know what's more miraculous - the fact that 23-year-old Robert from Tennessee has eaten over 60,000 plastic bags and is medically fine, or th...

Taxing Plastic Bags Is a Step in the Right Direction

Dr Rose Mukankomeje | Posted 03.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Rose Mukankomeje

Just because you can't see those plastic bags hiding in the cupboard under the sink, in a bin or buried in a landfill, it doesn't mean the problem has gone away. No matter how developed your economy and society, plastic is a real cause of concern.

Shoppers To Face Plastic Bag Charge

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK

Shoppers in England will face a 5p charge for plastic bags under a new government plan to be announced by Nick Clegg. The scheme, intended to disco...

Why It Shouldn't Cost 5p to Realise We Need to Reduce Our Plastic Bag Waste

Maria Sowter | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Sowter

Reducing plastic bag usage was just one of the things people around the world pledged as their Ocean Promise last World Oceans Day, and is part of addressing a larger need to prevent excessive environmental waste. It is one of the easier and simpler actions each of us can take to help reduce our individual impact.

In So Many Words...

Caragh Little | Posted 28.03.2013 | UK
Caragh Little

'Would you care for a bag?' My favourite local bookshop offers copies of last year's hit, Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops (by Jen Campbell) o...