Transition Initiative Newcastle

March 14, 2011

GREENING JESMOND CAMPAIGN – bring your own bag!

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New scheme to reduce plastic bag use in Jesmond

Shoppers in Jesmond are being encouraged to bring their own bags and reject
free plastic carrier bags, to help make Jesmond more sustainable.

And traders are to be asked to sign up to measures to reduce the use of
free plastic carrier bags.

An accreditation system will award “green leaf” symbols so that shoppers
know how committed each trader is to supporting this campaign.
* three leaves – either charges for plastic bags or does not offer at all
* two leaves – is taking action to reduce the use of plastic bags
* one leaf – is due to introduce a plan to reduce use within the next 12
months

Look out for the stickers on shop windows. A Directory will appear here and in
Jesmond Local showing the levels of trader support.

The scheme is due to be launched when the first stickers are given out to shops in the next few weeks.

The campaign will start in the Acorn Road area and expand later throughout Jesmond. If you would like to support it, or have questions, please contact
transitionjesmond@gmail.com

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
* WON’T TRADERS MAKE MONEY OUT OF CHARGING FOR PLASTIC CARRIER BAGS? We are
encouraging them to donate this money to charity – if so this will be
publicised.
* HOW CAN I REMEMBER TO TAKE MY REUSABLE BAGS? We’d welcome everyone’s ideas
on how you managed to develop the habit! It’s good to hang a bag near your
door as a reminder – and keep a spare one inside it. Or some people have
bags which fold up small which they keep in a pocket or handbag.
* WHAT’S WRONG WITH USING PLASTIC CARRIER BAGS? The world uses 1.2 trillion
plastic bags a year. On average they are used for 12 minutes before
disposal.They end up in landfill (producing harmful gases) or harm wildlife
such as in rivers and the oceans. They do not biodegrade and so continue to
accumulate.
* SOME SHOPS ALREADY OFFER THE CHANCE TO RECYCLE PLASTIC CARRIER BAGS – it
uses resources to recycle the bags and they still eventually end up in
landfill or as waste, resulting in the harm listed above
* HOW WILL CHARGING MAKE A DIFFERENCE? Countries or regions which have
introduced charges have seen an immediate usually dramatic fall in the use
of plastic carrier bags – often as much as 90% down.
* AREN’T REUSABLE BAGS ALSO USING RESOURCES? – if you keep using the same
reusable bags then the carbon footprint is much lower AND there is not the
harmful effects on the environment
* I USE MY BAGS IN THE RUBBISH BIN – IF I DON’T GET THEM I’LL HAVE TO BUY
PLASTIC BIN LINERS – if you’re saving waste food for compost that can be
kept in a bucket which can be emptied direct rather than using bags.
* WHY JUST ACORN RD? – We plan to start in Acorn Rd and then move out bit by
bit to cover the whole of Jesmond based on what we learn in Acorn Rd
* WHAT ABOUT BIG SUPERMARKETS? – we are sure they are amenable to change and
could start charging for PBs as a result of public pressure, and that is
what we hope our scheme will lead to. We hope they will see that their
public image can only be helped by showing more concern for the environment

ends

Tony Waterston
01912816752
07763385319
a.j.r.Waterston@ncl.ac.uk

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