Banchory bags Campaign

My mum has started a blog which she’s going to use to campaign against the use of plastic bags in the village where she lives.  She says:

It is up to the shoppers in Banchory to make this work. There has been a lot of discussion in the media about how to reduce the use of plastic bags and the litter they make. Some people think the government should be doing more, or that supermarkets should take the initiative. It is easy to forget that plastic bags are only a problem because people insist on using them. Just one cloth bag can replace at least 1000 plastic bags over its lifetime. It would be easy to make a big difference in Banchory.

Talking to her over Christmas my mum told me she’d been inspired by what Rebecca Hosking had achieved in Modbury; you might have seen the article about her in the Observer’s Food Magazine last week, where it’s clear she’s got the bit between her teeth:

Her conversation constantly returns to terrifying plastic-bag statistics: how, for example, the world uses more than 1.2 trillion of them a year, an average of about 300 bags for every adult; how each plastic bag is used on average for only 12 minutes before being discarded; how 80 per cent of marine rubbish comes off the land and nearly 90 per cent of that is plastic; how plastic is lethal in the marine environment, killing at least 100,000 birds, whales, seals and turtles every year and how, even after the animal dies, its body decomposes so that the plastic is released back into the environment where it can kill again; how an estimated one million seabirds choke or get tangled in plastic nets and debris every year. And so the horror goes on.

I’m hoping my mum does just as well with her campaign.

About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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12 Responses to Banchory bags Campaign

  1. Max says:

    It runs in the family!

    What impresses me is that there were campaigns against plastic bags since I can remember, I was primary school child, 30 years ago and the school was trying to teach us to use less bags. What happened?

  2. Adam says:

    It’s a small world – I used to visit Banchory a lot as a child. We had family friends who lived there.

  3. jameshigham says:

    Go mum, take the fight up to the bstds!

  4. christina says:

    Thanks, Andrew. You have done a great job.

  5. Sue Luxton says:

    Go Andrew’s Mum! In the absence of national government where Modbury leads, Banchory and (if the London Authorities Bill goes through) London will follow!

  6. Sue Luxton says:

    Sorry, that should have read: Go Andrew’s Mum! In the absence of national government action on this, where Modbury leads, Banchory and (if the London Authorities Bill goes through) London will follow!

  7. Dave Cole says:

    Yay for Andrew’s mum. I think it’s a great thing to be doing. I’m going to be very self-righteous and say that I have jute shopping bags. Admittedly they are from General Dynamics, but you can’t have everything.


  8. Christina Brown says:

    Thank you all for your support. It is great.
    Andrew’s mum

  9. Knit Nurse says:

    woo woo! The Knit Nurse had a great experience in the Isle of WIght a couple of weeks ago, where campaigners in Ventnor were sewing bags in the window of a charity shop to try and raise awareness and money for the campaign. It was very successful, I was so excited I thought about setting up a similar campaign in Deptford (except I need to make some more free time first!)

  10. Andrew Brown says:

    Knit Nurse, that is cool. I know that my mum has talked to one of the local traders and they were keen to do something similar. I’ll make sure she sees the link!

  11. Christina Brown says:

    Andrew, it is more than cool. It is a brilliant idea. I passed it on to Sue Ryder, who run a local charity shop, and they say they can’t think why someone hasn’t thought of it before. The local manager has been asked to pick it up and run with the idea, so that is one less thing for me to do!

  12. Christina Brown says:

    We have had lots of media coverage this week in the local press – the Press & Journal and The Deeside Piper – and think we will be on the local STV news next week. Started our survey of shoppers and, so far, 100% in favour!!

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