According to Keep Britain Tidy, 11.4% of places surveyed in England showed evidence of littered single-use plastic bags.
"The 'Sensible' carrier bag with strings is the only paper bag with a firm bottom, and capable of carrying wet fruit, pastry etc, without bursting the bag."
|This Paper bag dates back to the 1960s |
Fruiterer and Greengrocer Hone's was founded in 1911
|Current plastic bag for Hone's Customers|
Celloplast patented a "bag with handle of weldable plastic material" in the US in 1965.
British supermarket shoppers used 8.5 billion free plastic bags in 2014, according to *Wrap, a recycling charity - though this was down from 2006, when figures were first collated, when more than 12 billion were used.
Before the introduction of the charge, they used 10.
Shoppers in Northern Island have seen a similar drop-off in bag use since they introduced a charge in April 2013, from nearly nine to fewer than two thin gauge bags used per person per month.
'It ain't necessarily so'
|Pound shops could surely have a problem. They will have to ensure they have enough change for customers who now need to spend £5.05, rather than a flat £5, for a five-item shop with a bag that previously would have been free.|
though 39% said that "it would make no difference" to their shopping behaviour.
"We as an industry have put our hands up and said it's an issue - plastic bags are getting chucked into the sea. But our stance is that we're never going to get better behaviour until there's tougher enforcement on littering."
Keep Britain Tidy