Thames Ditton High Street’s Mission to Ban Plastic Bags
We want to do our bit to save the planet so our High Street is on a mission to ban plastic bags! It is the FIRST shopping centre in the country to introduce Boomerang Bags made by the community from recycled materials providing a FREE, stylish and sustainable alternative to plastic bags.
Evidence shows that many single use plastic bags drift into the ocean, strangling turtles, suffocating seabirds and filling the stomachs of dolphins and whales with waste until they die of starvation. It’s been calculated that if we don't do something about the situation, by 2050 we will have more plastic in the ocean than fish! It’s terrifying to think that plastic bags can take 500-1,000 years to break down, they also enter the human food chain through fish and other animals. So every time someone uses a shopping bag made from reusable, biodegradeable materials, it makes a difference. That’s why Boomerang Thames Ditton Borrow & Bring Back initiative is really important.
Currently eight of the High Street’s independent shops and cafes are signed up to the Boomerang Thames Ditton Borrow & Bring Back scheme. This means their customers are offered a recyclable bag made out of donated materials – rather than a plastic bag - if they’ve forgotten to bring their own shopping bag. These customers are then encouraged to return the Boomerang B&BB Bag to one of the participating shops and businesses or they can keep it to use again and again.
Participating Shops and Businesses:
- Organic Nest
- Secret Garden
- Lime Tree
- Nice Buns
- K Barber
- 30 Antiques
Collection point for donated fabric:
- George & Dragon
- The Ironing Board
For more information, go to About Us and select Campaigns or click here