Survey finds Southerners most likely to bring own plastic bags to avoid 5p charge

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21st October 2016 13:16 - Retail

Survey finds Southerners most likely to bring own plastic bags to avoid 5p charge: A recent survey by Cardiff University into the 5p plastic bag charge has revealed that those from the South of the England are the most likely to bring their own carrier bags along with them when they go shopping.Survey finds Southerners most likely to bring own plastic bags to avoid 5p charge

The survey is the first research that has been conducted since the 5p plastic bag charge was implemented in October 2015, which ruled that consumers must be charged 5p for any carrier bags in shops and supermarkets.  The law was created to try and decrease the amount of plastic carrier bags used in the United Kingdom.

The research revealed that 95 per cent of individuals in South England take their own bags when going shopping.

As well as this, 72 per cent of the Southerners in the survey said that they used to bring their carrier plastic bags shopping even before the charge started, which makes it the region most likely to use their own carrier bags.

Of those from Northern England, 56 per cent said that they used to take their own carrier bags shopping before the new 5p bag charge, and a further 92 per cent now take them since the charge has been implemented.

The survey has revealed that the number of people who take their own carrier bags has increased on the whole, regardless of age, income or gender.

Since the law was imposed, the support in the South of England for the 5p plastic bag charge has increased by nearly 10 percentage points. Supporting this, the region as a whole is the most in favour of the charge, with 71 per cent of people saying that they either strongly support, or tend to support the plastic bag charge.

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