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Give the Bags a Break!

As part of our Give the Bags a Break project, we’re giving away free reusable bags to shoppers across north London. Find out more and help waste less, and save more money.

How it works?

The government introduced the 5p plastic bag charge for large shops and supermarkets in October 2015. Although at the moment Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are exempt from the charge, this may change in the future.

For this year’s project, the team is out and about speaking directly with shoppers. Seven large events will take place in each of the seven north London boroughs to promote reusable bags. You can come and pick up a free reusable bag at any of our events.

As well as giving away free reusable bags, we will be conducting research into bag habits. If you complete an online survey at one of our events, you will be entered into a prize draw to win up to four Sea Life London Aquarium tickets. Please click here for full terms and conditions.

Find your nearest event

Check out the list below to find your nearest event, and pick up your free useable bag!

Waltham Forest, The Mall, Walthamstow, E17 7JR, Monday 12 February, 11am – 2pm 

Islington, Angel Central Shopping Centre, N1 0PS, Tuesday 13 February, 12pm – 3pm

Camden, O2 Centre, NW3 6LU, Wednesday 14 February, 11am – 3pm 

Barnet, Spires Shopping Centre, EN5 5XY, Thursday 15 February, 12pm – 3pm

Haringey, The Mall, Wood Green, N22 6YQ, Friday 16 February, 11am – 2pm

Enfield, Enfield Market, Enfield Town, EN2 6NL, Thursday 22 February, 11am – 2pm 

Hackney, Ridley Road Market, Ridley Road, E8 2NP, Friday 23 February, 11am-2pm

Why is bag reuse important?

Plastic bags are a big environmental problem. They take a long time to degrade, can damage wildlife and often end up littering our streets and parks. The government 5p levy on single use plastic bags has dramatically helped reduce the number of plastic bags in circulation. The latest figures from April 2016-April 2017 indicate the seven main retailers issued approximately 83% fewer bags (over 6 million fewer), compared with the calendar year of 2014.[1]

Waste less and save more

Using a reusable bag is just one of the many ways that you can waste less and save more money. For more information on the small changes you can make at home and elsewhere check out our Waste Less, Save More household guide.

[1] Single-use plastic carrier bags charge: data in England for 2016-17, Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs, July 2017. Accessed: 24/11/2017 - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/carrier-bag-charge-summary-of-data-in-england/single-use-plastic-carrier-bags-charge-data-in-england-for-2016-to-2017