MY future generations project follows on from my archaeologists project. I started looking at the common plastic Baghdad polythene object is the most environmentally friendly option for carrier bags. If we were to use paper bags instead of plastic we would produce more methan gas and use more energy and rescources to produce them. However we currently abuse the plastic bags by throwing them away regularly instead of reusing them or but the stronger bags or bags for life. Wales was the first country in the uk to apply a carrier bag charge in 2011. IT is estimated that single use carrier bags from 2011 to 2014 in Wales reduced by 71%.
England introduced the same 5p charge in October 2015 hoping to achieve the a similar result as Wales. Over the years we have recognised the need to recycle and reuse our plastic bags.The change has now been nation wide although we can still improve. SOme communities and company’s and taken the issue further and raised even more awareness.
A small town in Devon called mod bury decided to ban all carrier bags in 2007. For a 6 month trial period all 43 shops refused to steel or give plastic bags resulting in a permeate ban and nation wide movement for the ban of the carrier bag. Since then over 50 small uk towns and city’s have followed Modburys example Andy banned plastic bags from their villages. Although this has raised good awareness for the reduction of carrier bags I don’t think eradicating them completely is ideal seeing as paper would devolution alive our progress we would not have any way of carrying items efficiently and 100% environmentally friendly.
ANother champagne was the “This is not a plastic bag” project. 2007 was a big year for plastic bag awareness, the UK’s leading accessories designer, Anya Hindmarch, created a designer fabric tote bag emphasising the use of recyclable or reusable bags as an alternative for plastic bags. The point was to encourage the bag for life idea of bags but making them trendy,making people want them. The aim was to create a bag that was appealing to everyone not generically mums that do large weekly shops or 80 year old ladies that actually like Aldis bacon or Brussels sprout bags and use them as their handbag.The two shops that sold this stylish product were Saisburys and Whole foods targeting a large target audience across two very large country’s, two country that actually use the most single use carrier bags as well. “Data from 2007 showed every person in the country was using an average of 167 plastic bags each year, totalling around 10 billion bags and requiring over 420 million tonnes of virgin plastic.