10p Plastic Bag Tax? Switch to Cotton Bags.
26th September, 2018
It is the law that large businesses (250 or more employees) charge for single-use plastic bags and many small businesses choose to do the same to minimalise their impact on the environment. The reason this charge has come into play is to reduce the use of single-use plastic carrier bags and the amount of litter that is associated with them.
While many call the 5p charge a tax, it actually isn’t. A tax implies that the proceedings go to the government, but the 5p charges actually goes into the hands of the retailers. They are expected to give the money to good causes and to encourage this they must report to the government about where the money goes.
Back in October 2015, when the plastic bag charge was introduced, there was a bit of an outrage as people complained in numbers about have to pay for their previously free plastic shopping bags. Little did they know at the time that the 5p bag charge would reduce the amount of bags used in England by 80%.
It’s time to make the switch
The 5p charge may now extend to all shops and increase to 10p per bag, according to the BBC, with the aim of addressing plastic pollution once and for all. So it might be the time to start collecting those promotion bags and other cotton bags you have lying around and putting them to good use.
Be an Eco-Friendly business
If you are a business that currently sells plastic bags, consider switching to cotton bags. There isn’t much difference in the cost to your customers and you will be doing the environment a big favour in the process.
Take a look at our collection of cotton bags. We have a range of bag sizes as well as the option to customise the bags so that they’re tailored to your business.