The Selkirk Plastic Bag Free campaign supports the Scottish
Government's initiative to help reduce the use of plastic carrier
bags. With Scotland using one billion bags a year and our local authorities
spending £385 million a year dealing with waste this new campaign
to encourage us all to reduce our carrier bag use by 50% is a welcome
step in the right direction.
Changing habits takes time and it's important to remember that changing
our use of plastic carrier bags to reusable bags is an ongoing process,
but one that is happening. Change is afoot. The Scottish Government claims
that research has shown that 92% of people believe that reusing bags is
good for the environment yet 59% still forget to take their own bags with
them when shopping. But habits are changing.
Selkirk is a fine example of this. We know that the town is not yet 100%
plastic bag free but our traders and townsfolk are working towards that
and change is evident. There has been a significant reduction in the use
of plastic carrier bags here and a huge increase in the numbers of those
using reusable shopping bags. And our surrounding countryside is cleaner
and tidier too.
It is easy to see how campaigns such as these can drift from people's
minds but if we keep up the effort, if we keep talking about it and bringing
it back into the public domain then we can surely make more of a difference.
For all those people out there who are making the effort (and the numbers
are substantial) we would say "Keep up the good work. We are making
a difference. Change is happening."
Selkirk Plastic Bag Free