Why should we go plastic bag free?
Each household in the UK uses around 400 plastic bags every year. In 2012, our volunteers found 4,092 plastic bags over just one weekend!
What is the problem with plastic bags?
Even when we dispose of them correctly, plastic bags are often blown out of bins and landfill sites and end up littering our land and oceans. They may never degrade and will remain part of the landscape forever. In the sea, plastic bags look very similar to jellyfish and many birds and marine animals, such as whales and turtles, accidentally eat them. This can cause a blockage in the digestive system and lead to death by starvation.
How you can help
Help your town or community go plastic bag free and ditch the plastic bag for good!
We've made a information pack.pdf to make it easy for you to go Plastic Bag Free.
Simple steps really do make a difference, try to remember to take bags with you when you go shopping and re-use them over and over again.
Take part in MCS's Beachwatch projects to help clean and survey beach litter to see whether plastic bags are a problem on your beach.
Join the Google forum on going plastic bag free.
View the film that started it all - Message in the Waves.
Join the campaign to bring in a plastic bag charge in England and break the bag habit.