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Do you Think that You Should Pay for Plastic Bags?

It was announced today that fashion retailer Debenhams will begin to charge for their plastic bags. The scheme is to be introduced in the aim of reducing the amount of plastic bags that are used as 12 billion to 13 bn carrier bags are handed out by retailers every year. They will test charging 5p for the bags and will often a cotton tote as an alternative. Debenhams are the first fashion store to try the initiative, but do you think it's a good idea?

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Michaelrcks Michaelrcks 8 years
Not really.
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
I'm not at all an environmentalist, and I think a lot of the "green" stuff people do is ridiculous, but I'm not doubtful that plastic bags are harmful. however, I don't understand why, instead of continuing to produce them and making people pay, they don't just stop producing them altogether? I know I don't know all the facts, but it seems to me that the plastic bag companies or whatever probably don't even make that much money off of this super cheap product...
kitkatherine kitkatherine 9 years
hmm.... i like the idea of giving one canvas bag for free, and having to pay for the rest better. that way you could bring the canvas bag each time you shop, and it would be neat and reusable, and having that "First one free" would really get people buying more
swwonder swwonder 9 years
I'm not sure it'll work, I hope it will. But especially in places like Debenhams, for some things I'd rather have a plastic bag. I do think it's a really good idea in Supermarkets though.
Lala77 Lala77 9 years
I think it's a wonderful idea. I hope it will work, and also that many other stores and countries will give it a try :)
sarahm73 sarahm73 9 years
I'm from Ireland and the grocery stores over there have been doing this for years. Initially, the stores supplied their customers with reusable bags and have subsequently charged customers approx 10 cents for every paper/plastic bag they give you. Its a wonderful idea and has greatly reduced the number of plastic bags that we all know are damaging to the environment. Now when I do my grocery shopping, i take my own bags with me. I think this idea should be heavily encouraged in the U.S. As an added benefit, Ireland is no longer covered in random plastic bags hanging from trees! This policy was greatly encouraged by the government at home. Come on Bush Admin, step it up!
haute77 haute77 9 years
I think it would be a great way for people to start bringing in their own canvas bags rather than wasting tons of plastic. I say go for it.
bushra bushra 9 years
i think this will be just the kick up the backside i need to stop using so many plastic bags.
syako syako 9 years
It is a great idea! They do this in a lot of other countries, and I think it's the perfect way for people to be aware about how wasteful they can be with plastic bags.
amers230 amers230 9 years
i think it's a great idea and wish that more places in the states would start it. although i don't know if 5 pence for a bag will cause a lot of people to bring their own. still, a step in the right direction
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