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Cotton Kids, produces of cotton bags and homewares, want to spread the message to say no to carrier bags. If everyone in the UK used a Cotton Kids Eco bag, they would save over 500million carrier bags a month; approximately 6 billion carrier bags saved from being dumped in landfill, and over 1 trillion worldwide.

Why are carrier bags so terrible?

• Plastic bags sent to landfill sites take around 500 years to decay

• Plastic bags don’t biodegrade, they photodegrade — breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic bits contaminating soil and waterways and entering the food web when animals accidentally ingest.

• Plastics burnt emits carcinogens

• One tonne of plastics is equivalent to 120,000 carrier bags

• Hundreds of thousands of sea turtles, whales and other marine mammals die every year from eating discarded plastic bags mistaken for food.

• Plastic Bags pollute our soil, rivers and oceans.

• Production requires vast amounts of oil

• Windblown plastic bags are so prevalent in Africa that a cottage industry has sprung up harvesting bags and using them to weave hats, and even bags. According to the BBC, one group harvests 30,000 per month.

• According to David Barnes, a marine scientist with the British Antarctic Survey, plastic bags have gone "from being rare in the late 80s and early 90s to being almost everywhere from Spitsbergen 78° North [latitude] to Falklands 51° South [latitude].

Denise Hughes is passionate about spreading the word to reuse bags and save the environmental impact of Carrier Bags. She is currently updating her website to include a signed petition to make the government sit and listen to public opinion. It has been proved with Ireland when, On March 4 2002, the Irish government placed a levy of approximately 9p on every supermarket plastic carrier bag, resulting in a 90% reduction in their consumption and raising more than 9 million euros in the first few months of the scheme.
Denise will soon be launching her new-look adult bags, with some fabulous images, slogans and photo bags, all priced from just £7.50.

Editors Notes

Christmas Sacks. Don’t buy your children cheap plastic Christmas sacks, instead, save the environment and give them a personalised cotton Christmas sack – something they can use year after year and will really mean something to them. Cotton kids offer amazing Santa or Reindeer personalised cotton sacks for only £10.95.

Visit www.cottonkids.co.uk

For more information contact Elevale PR on 0870 879 4404 or email sarah@elevale.com

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