In the bag
Now that the 5p levy on plastic bags has been running in England for a couple of weeks, we can safely say that reports of high street chaos were greatly overstated. Consumers may not be happy about the levy, and quite a few seem to have been surprised that it affects plastic bags for all goods rather than just food, but by and large people have learned to cope. And a good thing too, given the amount of plastic floating around the oceans and contaminating our food chain.
But I’m surprised that printers don’t seem to have jumped onto the opportunity this has created. There’s an obvious need for bags of some kind, which in the first instance should mean a lot of printing to cheap cotton and other textiles to create handy, durable bags. There should also be a market for more paper bags and presumably for decorating better quality bags. So hopefully this 5p levy will lead to better design as well as being better for the environment.