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Blue Planet effect drives shoppers’ war on plastic

Blue Planet effect drives shoppers’ war on plastic as consumers ditch single-use bags by switching to retailers who are opting for sustainable packaging

  • Some 61% of adults shop with retailers they know cut back on plastic packaging 
  • 79% take active approach to recycling, seeing it as a positive for the environment
  • Research commissioned by Lakeland, which says its sales figures confirm trend

An unstoppable ‘Blue Planet Movement’ is triggering massive changes in shopping habits away from throwaway single-use plastic.

Some 61 per cent of adults say they shop with retailers they know are cutting back on plastic packaging. And 79 per cent take a more active approach to recycling, seeing it as a positive for the environment.

The research was commissioned by kitchen supply shop Lakeland, which says its sales figures confirm the trend. 

An unstoppable ‘Blue Planet Movement’ is triggering massive changes in shopping habits away from throwaway single-use plastic. Pictured: Blue Planet II presented by Sir David Attenborough

A spokesman said: ‘The Blue Planet effect started at the end of 2017, with [Sir David Attenborough’s] broadcast of the BBC’s Blue Planet II, but it became an unstoppable movement throughout 2018 and 2019.’

The company said sales of reusable bags to buy loose produce are up 128 per cent and bags which allow perishables to be stored at home for longer, have risen 63 per cent. Retailers are reporting a big increase in interest in green detergents sold in reusable bottles.

The Daily Mail’s Turn The Tide On Plastic campaign has been at the forefront of the public’s fight against waste.

Some 61 per cent of adults say they shop with retailers they know are cutting back on plastic packaging (stock image)

Some 61 per cent of adults say they shop with retailers they know are cutting back on plastic packaging (stock image)

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