Ban on plastic bags

Jul 16, 2018

Q. Some supermarkets have stopped providing customers with free plastic bags. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

  Total agree Total disagree   Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
Banning plastic bags is a positive step to protect the environment 76% 18%   37% 39% 11% 7% 5%
Banning plastic bags is simply an attempt by supermarkets to reduce costs 46% 46%   16% 30% 30% 16% 8%
The plastic bag ban will change my behaviour as a consumer 57% 36%   19% 38% 26% 10% 6%
Banning plastic bags, along with self-save checkouts, just places more of the work onto the shopper 57% 36%   19% 38% 27% 9% 6%
I support banning plastic bags in supermarkets 73% 20%   39% 34% 11% 9% 7%

 

73% say they support banning plastic bags in supermarkets and 76% agree that it is a positive step to protect the environment. A majority (57%) believe the ban will change their behaviour.

However, a majority also agree that it places more of the work onto the shopper (57%) and they were split over whether it is simply an attempt by supermarkets to reduce costs (46% agree/46% disagree).

Grocery buyers held very similar views to the total population.

Grocery buyers Total agree Total disagree   Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
Banning plastic bags is a positive step to protect the environment 77% 18%   38% 39% 10% 8% 5%
Banning plastic bags is simply an attempt by supermarkets to reduce costs 44% 48%   17% 27% 31% 17% 8%
The plastic bag ban will change my behaviour as a consumer 59% 35%   20% 39% 25% 10% 6%
Banning plastic bags, along with self-save checkouts, just places more of the work onto the shopper 56% 36%   22% 36% 27% 9% 5%
I support banning plastic bags in supermarkets 74% 20%   40% 34% 11% 9% 6%

 

 

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