More brands move to sustainable bags as plastic bag charge increases

The 10p plastic bag charge is coming

As part of the ongoing war against plastic waste, the UK Government has announced that they will be doubling the price we pay for single-use plastic bags.

The existing 5p levy on plastic bags from main retailers, introduced across England in 2015 has led to a remarkable 95% reduction in the sales of plastic bags in supermarkets.

On the 21st May 2021, the levy will be doubled to 10p and extended to all businesses in England in an attempt to further drive down our reliance on these bags.

A report published by the charity WRAP has found a real shift in attitude towards plastic bags since the charge was first brought in. In a survey of 2,000 people, they found:

  • Customers are changing habits to use long-life bags made from more sustainable and environmentally-friendly materials. Of those surveyed, 94% said they own a re-usable ‘bag-for-life’.
  • Concern about plastic waste is high, with 65% of those surveyed saying that it’s an important issue for them.
  • 84% agree that everyone has a responsibility to help towards cleaning up the environment. 72% are prepared to make lifestyle compromises to benefit the environment.
  • 73% support the increased levy.

Here at GoJute, we’re continuing to see a significant amount of interest from brands who are looking to help their consumers to embrace sustainable alternatives – whilst at the same time, taking advantage of the fantastic branding opportunity it offers.

Iceland Jute Bag

Our Jute Bags are made from a 100% natural material, this means that our unlined and cornstarch-lined products will completely biodegrade. Our UK printing operation also uses water-based inks, meanwhile our Indian factories carry a large number of significant ethical accreditations.

If you’re looking to create a sustainable alternative for your customers, our expert team of consultants can offer ideas and advice on helping you achieve your aims – from a large branded bag to beer bottle carriers and even wine bottle jute sacks. Just get in touch – we’d love to help.

Sources:
Carrier bag use and attitudes: https://wrap.org.uk/resources/report/carrier-bag-use-and-attitudes

10p plastic bag charge to come into force on 21 May: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/10p-plastic-bag-charge-to-come-into-force-on-21-may