People in Britain use an average of 300 plastic bags every year. Each bag lasts up to 400 years, spending the vast majority of that time in a landfill site or strewn across the British countryside. Have a look at dumped on channel 4 to see more scary statistics about how much we dump instead of recycling/reusing.
I have 5 cotton bags that I used when I go shopping and have been using for the past 2 years. It is great not to have a cupboard full of plastic bags and I feel much better walking home with my shopping in my cotton bags than in the orange Sainsbury's bags.
"In Ireland, a tax of 15cents per bag resulted in a 90% drop in plastic bag usage, and raised 3.5 million Euros which was spent on environmental projects." Now that sounds brilliant and if only the same could happen in Britain. I think it is important to show people where the tax-money is going, i.e. showing us that it is not just going into the government coffers and not being spent on environmental issues. It has to be visible improvements to make it easier for people to swallow more tax.
Please take a moment to sign the petition to introduce a similar tax (to be spent on environmental projects) of 10p per bag in Britain.