Retailers in London may soon be forced to charged people for carrier bags which could prompt many of the capital's residents to use printed cotton bags instead.

London mayor Boris Johnson has called for action to be taken to reduce the number of plastic bags shoppers in the city use, saying they are an “unnecessary scourge” and that the capital should aim to be “bag free”.

Mr Johnson also said he would be keeping an eye on Wales, where a 5p charge for all single use plastic bags will be introduced from October, to see how effective such schemes are.

The mayor's comments come after figures from Wrap show that the number of single use plastic bags handed out in the UK rose six per cent year-on-year.

With people being encouraged to use reusable bags rather than carriers, businesses have a real opportunity to make sure it is bags with their logo on that are being touted around.

Why not hand out cotton bags to your customers, or potential clients, you'll be doing your bit for the environment and getting some good advertising.

1 London Could Face Plastic Bag Charge, The Grocer, August 20th 2011

Posted by Carl Blackshaw