Karl Tatler Estate Agents & Lettings are launching their own bag for life in a bid to help people protect the local environment by reducing their use of plastic bags.
With 8.5 billion free plastic bags used by British supermarket shoppers in 2014*, the law change on the 5th October means retailers will have to charge at least 5p per plastic bag.
Managing director Karl Tatler said: “On the Wirral we are incredibly fortunate to have such magnificent countryside, estuaries, parks, architecture and of course, wildlife. To be able to do our part in helping protect our beautiful landscape is important to us. We hope that by offering our free bags for life to anyone coming into our branches, we can make it easier for shoppers to use less plastic and in turn help protect Wirral.”
Available in all of Karl Tatler’s seven branches across Wirral from Saturday (3rd), the 100% recyclable, 100% reusable bags feature stunning photography of Wirral landmarks and landscapes.
To celebrate the launch of the bags, Karl Tatler is running a competition on their Facebook and Twitter pages to win a luxury hamper from local food hall Whitmore & White. The competition starts today (Friday 2nd October) and runs until 8th October.
Karl added: “We all have a reason to be mindful of our use of plastic bags and instead choose an alternative that doesn’t have the same damaging effect of littering the landscape and harming wildlife. People living on the Wirral peninsula are exceptionally proud of what the region has to offer and together we can keep it that way.”
The Karl Tatler bags for life were manufactured by a family run business with over 10 years’ experience and high levels of ethical and quality standards.
The new law effects retailers employing 250 or more staff, with exceptions for certain goods purchased. Retailers who fit the criteria and fail to charge for bags appropriately could be fined up to £5,000. The charge in England follows the success of similar schemes in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Wales the charge led to a 79% decrease in plastic bags within three years and in Scotland the number of bags for life used quadrupled**.
Karl Tatler Estate Agents & Lettings has sales and lettings offices in Heswall, Greasby, West Kirby, Moreton and Prenton. To find your nearest branch to collect a FREE bag for life click here:www.karltatler.com/contact-us/
*Figures by recycling charity, WRAP - www.wrap.org.uk/2015_carrier_bag_figures