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Remember your reusable shopping bag

Reusable cotton shopping bag with blue background

Wednesday 1 January 2020

The average adult uses 10 single-use plastic carrier bags every year. Although plastic carrier bags may be recycled at larger supermarkets, you can easily avoid using this plastic item.

Carry a reusable shopping bag

It’s easy to remember your reusable shopping bags when doing the grocery shop, whether you take them with you or keep some in the car. But having a small fold-away bag at your work place or even in your backpack or handbag, can help to avoid those unexpected purchases catching you out. It also saves you some cash by avoiding the carrier bag tax.

Reduce your plastic, take the Essex Plastic Pledge

Join us either as an individual or household and sign the Essex Plastic Pledge. You will receive a monthly e-newsletter packed full of hints and tips and be entered into prize draws to win items that will help you reduce your plastics.

Sign the Essex Plastic Pledge for residents here.

If you're a school in Essex, you can sign the the Essex Plastic Pledge for your school. You will then receive a bi-monthly newsletter full of inspiration from other local schools on how to reduce plastic waste as well as access to an online resource pack full of activities and tools to help your school succeed in reducing plastic waste.  

Sign the Essex Plastic Pledge for schools here.

If you're an organisation in Essex, such as a business, college, university or community group you can sign the Essex Plastic Pledge as an organisation. You will receive a bi-monthly newsletter full of inspiration from other local organisation sharing their experiences and success stories on reducing plastic waste, as well as access to an online resource pack to help you on the journey to reduce plastic waste.

Sign the Essex Plastic Pledge for organisations here.

Find out more about plastic

Ideas to help reduce your plastic

Plastic recycling in Essex

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