Plastic Bags

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:14 am on 2nd November 2006.

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Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Minister of State (Sustainable Farming and Food), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Sustainable Farming and Food), The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office, Deputy Leader of the House of Lords 11:14 am, 2nd November 2006

My Lords, I will see that my colleague who deals with this matter with retailers takes that point on board. They do not use cardboard boxes any more. I have been told that paper bags as an alternative weigh more, cost more to transport and can be more damaging to the environment. There is no easy answer to this.

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David Carpenter
Posted on 5 Nov 2006 8:40 pm (Report this annotation)

The point on the use of paper instead of plastic is valid. However there is an easy answer - an outright ban on the use of plastic bags by supermarkets. This could be done voluntarily overnight. (or by legislation over time)