I always refuse a bag when I can. Would you mind paying 5p for every shopping bag you use? Will this new law make you use fewer bags and bring your own every time you shop?
From Monday large shops in England will charge 5p for each plastic bag. But how did shoppers get so used to free carrier bags in the first place, asks Chris Stokel-Walker.
The Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) Order 2015 comes into force on 5 October.
The order requires sellers who employ more than 250 people to charge 5p for a "single use carrier bag" which is less than 70 microns (0.07mm) thick.
Though there are plenty of exceptions to the rule
, including for medicines, raw meat and razor blades, having to pay for bags will be a major change for most English shoppers.
The history of the plastic carrier bag's ubiquity is slightly hazy, with no-one able to place a definitive date on the point when they were standard at all UK checkouts.
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I'm so one for gorgeous lighting set ups in my interiors. I HATE overhead lights in rooms (I sort of get a wee bit nauseous) and love playing with table and floor lamps and dimmer switches.
This week is Big Energy Saving Week
so... Here's some more info for those of you reluctant to switch out incandescent bulbs for the more 'expensive'
LED lights in your home... this is The Big Picture, the Long Term Solution.... The Low Down.... oh you get the idea...
Won't Cost the Earth - An infographic by LightBulbs-Direct to promote the Benefits of LED Bulbs
for ‘Big Energy Saving Week’. To view the full image click here.
I'm often invited to post pages that advertise a green-ish, eco-ish or sustainable products, but often those peeps don't get the remit here: -
It is: how do we live a sustainable and stylish life with as little impact on the planet as possible
- and without living in a field in Cornwall peeing into a compost toilet... well, I think MIMOSA STREET
may be onto something. Have a click on the links and you decide....
lovely jewellery and much more...
The very stylish website offers a unique mix of jewellery (much of it handmade), accessories and lovely objects for the home. The product mix is unique because they source items directly from small independent suppliers, artists and designers. (nice!)
Mimosa Street loves to celebrate individuality and support emerging talent on the design-front, because while beauty and quality are at the heart of everything they do, they believe that where something comes from matters too. And that’s also the reason you’ll find plenty of lovely and unusual ethically-sourced items from around the world at Mimosa Street. (click here now!)
There’s a widespread misconception that if something is fair trade or eco-friendly then it’ll be dowdy, hackneyed or lacking in style, but they aim to dispel this by offering a range of beautiful objects for the home which are as lovely to look at as they are ethically sound. (yup!)
There's a collection of products made from recycled glass. In a landfill site, a glass bottle will take more than a million years to biodegrade (if it biodegrades at all), so our vases, tealights and carafes, which are both fair trade and made from recycled glass are the height of eco chic. (gotta love that!)
They are a new company and have lots of new and interesting stock on the way, so please support them and watch them as they continue to grow...