Originally posted on Tangible Virtual Water – Thursday, 24 November 2016
After my post about legislation as a way to regulate the use of water, and my thoughts on the importance of bottom-up pressure in order to support effective legislative change, an instance of the success of new law implementation came to mind.
In October 2015 a new law was implemented in England.
It requires “large shops in England to charge 5p for all single-use plastic carrier bags.”
Such a simple, straight-forward law, already in place in many nearby countries such as Ireland, Wales and Scotland, was viewed as a potential source of chaos and angered customers by some, but one year on, the results have been very promising.