London Councils Bail Out On Bag Ban

By Lindsey Last edited 114 months ago
London Councils Bail Out On Bag Ban

Disappointment of the day comes from London Councils who have withdrawn the ban the shopping bag Bill which received so much support from Londoners. Instead, they hope that the government's Climate Change Bill will have a bigger environmental impact, encouraging a voluntary reduction in plastic bag usage nationally, hitting retailers with charges, whereas London Council's Bill could only ever be about London.

However, local action like that of Newington Green Action Group, which has distributed posters to all local shops with the intention of becoming the first plastic bag free area in London is definitely changing habits. The hugely popular greengrocer's on Newington Green Road has eliminated all free plastic bags and now charges 5p for a biodegradeable, reusable bag. However, the steady stream of loyal customers tend to be brandishing cloth tote bags these days.

What's is it like where you are? Is there a groundswell of greenie bag action going on? Let us know.

Last Updated 26 November 2008


Slightly south from Newington, you have to aggressively insist on using your own bags in the Old Street area. A bit further south at Waitrose near the barbican they're much more easygoing about using your own bags. I wish the grocery delivery folks could just quit using zillions of bags. There's no reason for one lousy container of bleach to have it's own bag. If it's going to leak, one flimsy shopping bag won't make a difference


Tesco and Sainsburys offer green points on loyalty cards for using your own bag (or a competitors!!).

Okay it's not a big deal getting points but at least it may encourage some to use their own bags and if it gets the ball rolling towards a time when stores do not even offer plastic bags, all the better.


Islington Sainsburys has taken down its orange plastic bags from that hanger at the end of the checkout and replaced them with a sign that says something like, 'we've removed our free bags to encourage you to reuse yours.'

Surely it's a bit late once you've got to the checkout? Also, is it meant to instil a sense of shame in you, as you ask for bags?

Well, it might, I guess, if they didn't just leave the bags lying on the checkout under the hanger and the sign.