Bagnorance

“An increase in demand for bags for life was expected in Wales following the introduction of the charge [for single-use plastic bags], as consumers got used to reusing their bags and purchased enough bags for life for their shopping needs. However, there is a potential risk that many consumers start treating a low-cost reusable plastic bag as a ‘throwaway bag’ and discard it prematurely.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/oct/24/bags-for-life-5p-charge-wales)

Consumers who thus pervert the environmental purpose of the scheme are now required to place a reusable bag over their head before disposing of the contents.

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