Supermarkets have joined the environmentally friendly party by banning single use plastic bags. I love the new plastic-free system, but have trouble remembering my bags, so I thought I’d survey my family, friends and readers to see what they thought about the new initiative.
Before the ban, sixty percent of those surveyed said they sometimes took reusable bags when they went grocery shopping. Surprisingly, the no option got thirty four percent and the yes option was much less, which was surprising.
I was curious how people were transitioning to a plastic bag free shopping experience. An overwhelming eighty seven percent of those surveyed said they were finding the transition good. Eight percent of those surveyed said they didn’t notice a change.
I often get halfway to the shopping centre and realise I have forgotten my reusable bags and wondered if other people were struggling with remembering their bags as well. Fifty four percent of those surveyed said they sometimes remembered their reusable bags while thirty three percent said they were struggling to remember their reusable bags. Twelve percent of people said they always remembered their reusable bags, if you are one of those people, I am a tad jealous because I wish I could be as organised as you.
Would you support a statewide/nationwide ban on plastic bags? I know I would! An astonishing eighty three percent of those surveyed would support it as well. Woolworths recently said they are planning to ban plastic straws as well, which I would support wholeheartedly because of their effect on our environment.
I also was curious to whether people used their reusable bags when shopping for non-grocery items. Just over forty percent of those surveyed said they sometimes used their reusable bags when shopping for non-grocery items.
Because sharing is caring, I asked people whether they would like to share any tips for a better plastic bag free shop. Here’s what some of those surveyed said:
• “Remember your plastic bags!”
• “Always put them back in your car after you’ve brought in your groceries”
• “Embrace the change! Save the Earth! Next stop banning plastic straws!!”
• “Keep bags in your handbag and/or car”
• “I just fold one and put it in my handbag just in case.”