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 Elton Lord Elton Conservative 11:14 am, 2nd November 2006

My Lords, is the Minister aware that one supermarket chain uses plastic bags that are printed with a message saying that they are biodegradable, how long they will take to biodegrade and for how long it is safe to use them before they begin to do so? Should that not be encouraged?

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David Carpenter
Posted on 5 Nov 2006 8:53 pm (Report this annotation)

Biodegradable bags shouldn't be seen as the answer. they still use vast amounts of energy in their production and distribution, and have a very short useful life.

Re-usable bags can be used many times over, can be made from natural fibres and/or recycled cloth/textiles, and should be seen as the only reasonable alternative.