Most food and grocery shoppers say they will use their own bags, when the mandatory charge for single-use carrier bags starts today (Monday) in England.
The latest IGD ShopperVista research finds:
- Two-thirds (64%) of shoppers plan to use bags for life
- A fifth (19%) say the charge won’t affect them as they already use their bags for life
Vanessa Henry, IGD ShopperVista insight manager, said: “The vast majority of shoppers (77%) plan to make some kind of change to their bag use when the levy comes into force. This echoes what’s happened in Wales, where the number of single-use plastic bags has fallen by more than 70% since a charge was introduced there.
“Nearly a quarter (23%) of the shoppers we spoke to said they plan to reduce the number of bags they take from their supermarkets when the charge starts. Only a tiny minority (3%) say they will continue to shop like before and continue to use, and now pay, for single-use carrier bags.
“The vast majority of shoppers say they will start using bags for life, with those in London (67%) more likely to do so than those in the north (63%). Londoners shop for groceries more often than shoppers in other parts of the country, so have more motivation for using bags for life.
“Some shoppers (9%) plan to get around the charge by carrying more items by hand, especially younger people (25%) – those aged between 18 to 24-years-old.”