Mixed views on carrier bag costs
Public opinion on the issue of charging for plastic bags is decidedly mixed, according to a new ethical living report from YouGov SixthSense. It reveals that 32% of UK consumers agree with the scheme as it will reduce the overall number being used. However, one in four respondents thinks such a scheme is a ploy by supermarkets to make more money.
Although wholesale support for bag charges may be lacking, the research reveals that people are willing to make the effort to reduce the consumption of free plastic bags provided by their supermarket, with 43% of consumers saying that they often use a ‘bag for life’ when doing their grocery shopping. However, despite supermarket efforts to promote the use of environmentally friendly alternatives, one in three UK adults (35%) says they still use free plastic bags provided by grocery retailers.