Reduce, Reuse, Recycle... it appears to be working!
According to The Guardian the number of single-use bags handed out in the UK have dropped to 500m in the first six months since the charge came in. Compared with 7bn the previous year, a drop of 6.5bn, it means that we as a nation are finally reducing, reusing and recycling!
So, what does the 6bn drop in plastic bags equate to? Well, thankfully The Guardian have a few plastic facts for us:
- 6bn single use plastic bags would cover an area of about 900,000,000m2, over three times the area of Birmingham.
- 6bn bags laid end-to-end it would stretch about 3m km, or 75 times around the world.
- 6bn bags are approximately equivalent to the weight of 300 blue whales, 300,000 sea turtles or 3m pelicans.