Friday, 6 May 2011

Why not plastic?

Why not plastics?

What was life like before the plastic bag?

People brought their own bags or baskets to do their shopping. Bags were made from natural, hard-wearing but biodegradable materials such as cloth, wicker cane, or jute.
Because these bags cost money to buy or some great effort to make, they were used and re-used until they were beyond repair before they were replaced.
When plastic bags were first introduced at UK supermarkets, we had to pay for them. These were the very sturdy plastic bags that could be re-used several times. The need to pay for bags was an incentive to bring our own bags.
However new technology meant that bags could be made of less plastic, and therefore became cheaper to make and retailers realized that giving away free bags induced more impulse buying.


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