Although we as a small company are exempt from the new law on charging for plastic shopping bags, we are nevertheless going to join in with the initiative from November 1 this year and will be charging 5p for every plastic bag.
Over 7,500,000,000 shopping bags were handed out in the UK last year and this needs to be drastically reduced. Unlike most of the large supermarkets, we do provide cardboard boxes for customers use and this alone ensures that 70% of our cardboard waste is re-used. (The rest goes for recycling).
Many of our customers of course DO bring their own bags or use the boxes provided. Nevertheless we often get asked for a bag even for purchases of just one or two items. As well as providing boxes we are also looking into getting in a supply of canvas bags which we will sell to customers at cost.