Is your bag for life, or landfill? Supermarkets boast that stronger carriers are better for the environment, but with 1.2billion sold each year they\'re blamed for causing more plastic waste than ever

by:Chengbai     2020-01-29
Earlier this week, rush into the supermarket for those last people
Minutes of Christmas essentials, too many shoppers will find themselves on the check
When asked, \"Do you want a plastic bag ? \"
Because when we shop, we try to use our bags as much as possible to help the environment, even the greenest --
Consumers with ideas can be found from time to time.
But what has changed in recent months is the luggage provided.
I used to buy you a fragile order for 5 pence.
Using plastic bags, most supermarkets have completely canceled this option today.
Instead, in return for around 10 p, they are handing out so-
Known as the \"life bag\", it is made of thicker plastic.
As the names imply, the whole point of them is that they should be reused multiple times.
But if customers treat them as single
Using carriers, grade them as soon as they empty them --
Buy a new one next time you shop?
This is exactly what the worrying new data shows.
Last year, the top ten retailers in the UK released an amazing report.
18 billion bags in a lifetime, equivalent to 44 bags per household in the country.
These heavy bags usually contain at least twice as much plastic as the fragile version, and it is worrying that the public\'s fight against polluting plastics is being destroyed by switches.
According to data obtained from retailers by the environmental survey agency and published in The Times, Tesco distributed 0. 43 billion packages for life in the 12 months ended June
The highest number of any supermarket.
Sainsbury\'s gives 0. 268 billion, Asda 0. 219 billion, Morrisons 0. 14 billion, Aldi 52 million, Co-
Op 28 million, Waitrose 22 million, M & S 14 million and Iceland 3. 5 million.
Iceland announced in October that it would stop selling disposable plastic bags and switch to plastic bags for life, saving 1,600 tons of plastic a year.
But Richard Walker, general manager of Iceland, said the change actually increased the amount of plastic used.
\"I\'m not proud of that, because I \'ve just deleted one of the billion single quarters, other than the headlines --
He told The Times that the bags, which are thicker and higher grade plastic, were used in circulation.
\"We sell less, but it\'s not enough, because we sell less bags, so we can\'t compensate for the extra weight.
So even though we have eliminated 5 p shopping bags, we have not reduced the total amount of plastic weight yet.
Iceland says its 5 p list
Using a bag weighing 10G, made of raw plastic, the 10 p bag used for life weighs 27 kg.
5G, recycled plastic.
Tesco also revealed that it used more plastic in bags sold before July than a single one.
Use products sold in the previous fiscal year.
The company says it has at least 94% of recycled plastic in its life bags.
Sainsbury\'s living bags are made of 100 recycled and are completely recyclable.
As with the plans of other retailers, customers are encouraged to return goods when worn out, free replacement of old bags and recycling of old bags.
Original 5 p fee for a single
With the efforts of the Daily Mail, the use package was implemented in 2015
Movement to expel bags.
The results were impressive.
The number of disposable airlines issued by supermarkets every year has dropped from seven. 5 billion to 1.
Since the introduction of 5 p tax 2 billion
84 fewer.
Given this apparent success, the government has now come up with plans to extend these measures to every store in the country and raise the charges to 10 p.
This will be for 3.
At present, 6 billion smaller retailers supply 250,000 packages of tax exemption per year.
But there is no plan to increase the cost of heavy vehicles.
Lifetime duty package-
Frustrating the environmental activists.
They are calling for a substantial increase in the cost of such packages to prevent shoppers from buying them, or to use them multiple times if they have no choice. Forget 10p —
The proposed new price is 1.
Bag prices have risen sharply or ended single bag sales
Sarah baochi, a senior EIA marine activist, said full use of plastic bags should be the next step in reducing the use of plastic bags.
\"In the face of the global plastic pollution crisis, supermarkets must go beyond these minimum measures to fundamentally rethink the use of a single
Use plastic in the supply chain.
The founder of the \"Zero Waste Week\" annual campaign, johanelle Strauss, agreed that a significant price increase would be required --
And other measures.
I don\'t think the 5 p or 10 p charge is enough to discourage us from buying plastic bags, she said.
Ideally, let\'s really stop and think about whether we need a bigger fee or not.
One would not consider the fact that it would take millions of years for oil to form underground and then be made into plastic bags, and we only need 20 to 30 minutes.
And then the bag was in the landfill on 500.
The numbers just don\'t add up.
Raising the price is the first step, but check it out
Even if you only have one item, the outside staff will still ask if you want a plastic bag.
If the shopper asks for a bag on their own, it will help us to reduce our expenses.
We need to change our psychology about plastic bags, so it is normal to have no plastic bags.
While these measures will help us cut our spending, in the end, activists are calling on consumers to throw away shopping bags from supermarkets forever.
Re-use their own \"life bag \".
\'We need to go back to the root of the problem, \'Mr. Strauss said. \'It\'s to take disposable plastic bags out of circulation.
\"After all, they started in their 70 s and without them we managed well before.
Although there are many alternatives on the market, it is not easy for consumers to know which ones are the greenest due to the wide variety of materials that make these alternatives.
For example, some controversial studies have shown that considering the manufacturing process, the environmental impact of cotton bags may actually be many times worse than plastic bags.
From plastics that pollute the ocean to carbon footprints
Heavy cotton crops, it is difficult to find a completely ecological materialfriendly.
Here we measure how green different life bags are. . .
Plastic bags most British supermarkets now sell strong plastic bags usually by low
Density Polyethylene (LDPE).
Stronger than single-
Use by high-
The density polyethylene they are replacing may contain a high proportion of recycled materials, and supermarkets offer them recycling options.
A study of supermarket bags found that a bag of low-density polyethylene bags had to be used five times to offset the environmental impact of their manufacture compared to a traditional single bag
Use plastic shopping bags.
But like all plastics, if treated in a landfill, it will take hundreds of years for them to break down.
Even more worrying is that about 8 million tons of plastic enter the world\'s oceans every year, with devastating effects on birds, fish and mammals.
Moral: always bring it yourself.
Cotton bag, or canvas bag usually made of cotton, is the most common bag in life made of natural fiber. Hard-
They are durable and biodegradable from renewable crop sources.
But growing cotton requires water, fertilizer and pesticides.
Of the pesticides used globally, they are sprayed on cotton crops.
Producing cotton is also an energy source. intensive.
Some studies have found that in order to match the environmental footprint of disposable plastic bags, each cotton bag must be used hundreds or thousands of times to compensate for its environmental impact.
But the study has been criticized by some people.
Emphasizing the damage caused to the ozone layer by chemicals used in cotton production, experts claim that, with reuse, cotton bags quickly outperform plastic bags in most environmental impact categories.
Strong and lightweight nylon bag for living, with the added advantage of easy compaction into small size
They usually come in a small bag and you can tuck them into it and stuff them into your pocket or handbag.
This means you can carry them with you at any time.
Reduce the risk of appearing at the checkout counter.
Also waterproof hardwearing.
But the recycling plan for nylon is limited because it is oil
It is not biodegradable, which means it will also last for hundreds of years in the environment.
The jute BagsJute is a natural plant fiber made from the outer stem and skin of the jute plant and matures in about six months. It is hard-
It mainly grows in India and Bangladesh.
Compared to cotton, it uses relatively few pesticides or fertilizers and does not rely on irrigation to prosper.
The downside is that the finished product is not very resistant to moisture, and its grain texture makes it difficult to print and brand.
Some yellow sacks warn that the dyes used above may be transferred to other materials.
Polypropylene bag, large size, hard
Wearing a bag is usually equipped with a strong cycle handle-
This means they can be filled with lots of shopping.
Polypropylene is a plastic form that can be manufactured in various ways in woven bags or non-embroidered bags, usually with a plug-in at the bottom to improve its stability.
These bags can be made from recycled materials and are easy to wipe clean. Similar-
It looks like the bag is also made of pet (PET)—
Woven from the molten fiber of recycled plastic bottles.
Hygiene has become a problem with the use of bags many times.
Two years ago, Marks & Spencer became the first supermarket to offer reusable shopping bags
A bacterial lining that prevents bacteria from polluting food.
Because these bags are made of plastic, they are neither biodegradable nor compost.
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