Carrier bag sales in supermarkets drop 93%

By: Gyarmati Orsolya Date: 2019. 08. 05. 08:10

Carrier bag sales at supermarkets have fallen 93 per cent thanks to the 5p levy charged to customers who now need to purchase one.

According to a report by the Daily Mail as part of their Banish the Bags campaign, research found a typical shopper now gets through just ten a year, down from 19 last year and 140 in 2014.

Five years ago 7.6 billion bags were handed out annually by Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons, Marks & Spencer, the Co-op and Waitrose. This figure has now fallen to 549 million, with £169 million from 5p bag charges going to charities.

Retail Gazette

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