Brighton & Hove City Council has outlined measures designed to help everyone play their part in solving the problem of plastic bags.
Councillor Maria Caulfield from the city’s Sustainability Commission , explained: “Since the council agreed to play its part in October, we’ve been looking at the whole issue – from plastic bag waste, to an alternative type of bag and the environmental cost of producing it, to how we can help and encourage people to re-use plastic bags and cut down on their use.
“We are currently developing a Brighton & Hove-branded and artist-designed “Bag for Life," using a material made from recycled plastic bags. The designer Natasha Coverdale is local and has worked for clients such as Harrods and Calvin Klein. The bag will be available to buy at our shops.
“We will also be organising a seminar for local retailers in the city to share our research into the alternatives.”
As well as a bag for life, the council is looking to introduce short-life (three year) degradable bags for customers who request one.
Other initiatives include a ‘supermarket summit’ which the council is proposing to the city's main supermarkets to find out how they are planning to help the city reduce plastic bags and excessive packaging.
Trading Standards have been gathering intelligence on excess packaging, and are leading the way on research into tackling excessive packaging on food and computer equipment. They will also be keeping an eye out for environmental claims made by bag producers that may not be all that they seem.
Councillor Caulfield added: "We want to help keep up the momentum by launching a plastic bag free week, from 1 to 8 March under the heading ‘Clean City, Clean Sea.’
”We hope everyone will play their part by taking out their own bag or bags for shopping during the week, and not accepting a free plastic bag at the till.”
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