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How about banning plastic bags from Moseley? Starting with the Farmers market, then shops, then Kings Heath, then Birmingham!
Moseley Forum - as the organising body of the Moseley Farmers' Market - and SusMo are working with Moseley Business Association and other organisations to reduce the number of plastic bags & packaging used in Moseley with the aim of eliminating it as far as humanly possible over the next few years.
Moseley Farmers' Market has not only been selling the very durable jute shopping bags for many years, it is also looking at other forms of bags that shoppers may feel is of use, as well as trialing a number of disposable/copostable plastic-type bags made of potato and corn starches. When a successful and practical bag is found, the Forum & SusMo will be actively pursuing for this type to be used by all local businesses across Moseley.
We have been having similar thoughts regarding the use of "plastic bags" and have come up with an idea that was told to us the other month by a fellow stall holder at a show we attended.
The charge customers that require a placic bag 5p for it and all proceeds are collected and presented to a local charity in the area. We as a small family company would like to introduce a similar project at the shows and FM's we attend and present a cheque (say every 6 months ) to prehaps the Birmingham Childrens Hospital or some similar charity. What does the forum members think of this idea ????
Lin Whitehead (hollyandtheivy.co.uk)
I like this idea and will raise it under the Farmers' Market item at the next meeting of the Moseley Forum committee (on March 3rd).
Corn starch or paper bags are worth working towards. Even if plastic bags are charged for and used many times, there is still the problem of disposal. It's all very complicated. eg. what is the difference between biodegradable and compostable? There is an informative website: www.plasticbagfreehebdenbridge.co.uk
Further to my last posting regarding charges for carrier bags and then monies raised going to local charaties; now it seems that the National Trust are doing the same thing, as this briefing statment below explains:-
Plastic bag fee at National Trust 06:30, May 1 2008
The National Trust is introducing a 5p charge on plastic bags in its shops and plant centres. The trust is the latest organisation attempting to cut the number of single-use plastic bags by charging for them or phasing them out all together.
The move comes following a newspaper campaign waging war on the plastic carrier bag, which green groups say damages the environment, and a Government pledge to introduce legislation if retailers did not take action.
Earlier this year, Marks & Spencer announced it was to charge food customers 5p for every plastic bag it gave away, while other companies and charities ranging from Ikea to Help the Aged have taken steps to phase out their use in stores.
Around 13 billion plastic bags are given out free to UK shoppers every year and can take 1,000 years to decay.
Head of commercial operations for the National Trust (NT), Stuart Richards, said: "This is a major step for the National Trust, helping to cut the amount of waste that we generate and encouraging our 3.5 million members and our visitors to use reusable bags." The trust said the additional income generated by the charge in its 220 shops across England, Wales and Northern Ireland would be used to go towards conservation work and research into climate change impacts.
The NT also said it would be encouraging the use of reusable bags by offering jute bags at a reduced price until July.
I recieved 4 copies of the same circular from an MP today - all to different names at the same address. The letter was about reducing CO2 emmisions and recycling - but the same letter was sent 4 times to the same sirname to the same address - think of the wasted paper and the wasted cost (money and CO2) of delivering the same letter 4 times. Clearly a PR exercise and no real interest in saving the planet.
I'm sure I read somewhere on this forum that you could bring your old plastic bags to the Farmers Market for recycling/reuse, did I read this correctly and is this still the case?
Somerfields (In Moseley) were at one stage providing a collection point for used plastic bags. Giving out larger stronger bags in return. Then they discontinued this practice. I think it should be pursued as a policy by ALL stores!
there's room for some clothes recycling bins by the no 1 bus stop. or why not set up the old car garage as a recycling centre, it's a lot better than yet another tescos.
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