As of today, many shoppers in England will have to pay 5p for plastic carrier bags in a bid to tackle the environmental issues associated with the 7.6 billion bags handed out every year.
England is the last part of the UK to introduce the laws that will mean shoppers at all supermarkets and large shops will have to use their own bags or be charged instore for plastic ones.
This is good news for whales and dolphins says WDC’s head of science, Nicola Hodgins.
“A reduction in the number of plastic bags in circulation can only be a good thing for our marine wildlife who are already suffering with the deluge of plastic that humans are releasing into their environment on a daily basis. The numbers of whales and dolphins dying as a result of entanglement and/or ingestion of plastic bags is increasing every day.”
More on marine debris here.