Is plastic the new fur? – BBC

‘We’ve all been there. You’re going through the checkout at the supermarket, and you need to ask for 5p bags.

The shop assistant rings them through silently, and it feels like everyone queuing behind you is giving you ‘plastic shaming’ looks.

But it hasn’t always been this way. In 2014 – the year before the 5p plastic bag charge was introduced – people in England got through the equivalent of 140 single-use carrier bags each per year.’

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