Here at Lush we're very excited to support the Break the Bag Habit campaign. We're even more excited by the very cool campaigning competitions we are launching to bring our ethics and our love of fun together :)
But first some seriously important facts:
• Plastic bags are rubbish and in the EU we create more than 800,000 tonnes of plastic bag waste each year :(
• Use of plastic bags in the UK has gone up this year to over 8 billion single use carrier bags produced :(
• These plastic bags will litter our environment for over 2,000 years - polluting our seas, our cities, our countryside and killing our wildlife :(
Now for some optimism :))
It's not inevitable! In countries where a ban or 5p charge has been introduced plastic bag use has typically dropped over 95%.
At Lush we support the Break the Bag Habit campaign and ask the Government to implement a 5p charge following the model introduced in Wales.
With this model retailers would be required by law to charge 5p for bags with all profits from the charge going to local environmental charities! Everyone's a winner!!
It would be fantastic if you could write about this campaign and get creative with our fun multimedia and Instagram/ Twitter competitions. By talking about the campaign on your blogs and social media channels you will be helping ensure politicians act to help break the bag habit.
Discover more about our fun competitions and the campaign by visiting http://tinyurl.com/burythebagmonster