We have another delightful example of the inability of Greenpeace to interact with the real world. That ban on single use plastic bags has led to greater use of plastic to make bags from. You know, the insisted upon policy to solve the problem makes the problem worse?
Plastic “bags for life” should be banned or raised in price, campaigners say, as new figures reveal a surge in the bags is fuelling a rise in the plastic packaging footprint of leading supermarkets.
Despite high profile promises by the country’s best known supermarkets to tackle the amount of plastic waste they create, their plastic footprint continues to rise, according to research from the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and Greenpeace.
In 2018, supermarkets put an estimated 903,000 tonnes of plastic packaging onto the market, an increase of 17,000 tonnes on the 2017 footprint.
The surge is fuelled in part by a huge rise in the sale of “bags for life” by 26% to 1.5bn, or 54 bags per household.
If it’s actually desirable to have less plastic being used in bags then shouldn’t we rescind the ban on single use plastic bags? After all, this is now identified as the method which reduces the use of plastic to make bags, isn’t it?
Or perhaps we could make this more fun and just declare open season on hippies?