QUICK POLL: The great plastic bag debate
Do you love the ease of getting a fresh plastic bag when you shop or do you worry about the impact it’s having on the environment? Until 2015 carrier bags in the UK were free, leading to an excess of carrier bags in most people’s homes (anyone else got a carrier bag drawer?).
Well, in Kenya, the simple act of carrying a plastic bag could land you in hot water. The world’s toughest plastic bag law has now been passed there and using one could get you up to four years in prison or a whopping great fine of £31,000! According to BBC news, the problem is particularly bad in Kenya with piles of them littering areas and affecting livestock and drinking water.
Meanwhile, a little closer to home, Tesco have promised to scrap the 5p bag altogether and replace with the 10p ‘bag for life’ version and other retailers are expected to follow suit.
But what do you think we should do?
Should plastic bags be banned?
What do you think we should do with plastic bags?
We should copy Kenya and ban plastic bags completely!
34 votes, 35%
Keep it as it is! 5p is plenty for a plastic bag
45 votes, 46%
Make them free again! We shouldn't have to pay
4 votes, 4%
Banning might be a bit far but we should charge £2 each to act as a deterrent
14 votes, 14%